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Sacred Lotus - Nelumbo Nucifera

Lotus Flowers

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue March 1, 2018
Year 2018
Quantity 3,250,000
Perforation or Dimension Simulated Perforation
Series Lotus Flowers
Series Time Span 2018
Printer Lowe-Martin
Postal Administration Canada

Interesting Details

The Chinese Bulbul bird and the koi fish on this stamp are printed with a spot glass varnish and are visible when tilting the stamp under good lighting. These two creatures are commonly seen around lotuses.


Coil of 50 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 130,000
Original Price: $42.50
Perforation: Simulated Perforation
Dimension: 24 mm x 20 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours, varnish
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

About Stamp

Dregs of winter laying your spirits low? Would the thought of colourful lotuses gently bobbing on warm breezes over the water’s surface help? Our annual flower stamp issue depicts two lotus species: the sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) and the American lotus (Nelumbo lutea).

The pink and white sacred lotus is the national flower of India, and has religious significance for Buddhists and Hindus. It is cultivated in North America and can become wild. Our only indigenous lotus, the rare and threatened yellow American lotus grows along the warm sunny shores of lakes Erie and St. Clair in southern Ontario.

Stamp designers Gary Beelik and Kristine Do of Parcel used watercolour portraits by Eunike Nugroho to depict different bloom phases in a set of connected (se-tenant) stamps. The blue background evokes a watery habitat, while a spot gloss varnish reveals a Chinese Bulbul bird, a koi fish and a dragonfly – creatures that share surroundings with lotuses.


Design: Parcel | Illustration: Eunike Nugroho
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