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Year of the Dragon - Lunar New Year

Celebrating Lunar New Year

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue January 23, 2012
Year 2012
Quantity 72,000,000
Denomination
First-Class Mail Forever
Denomination Value $0.45
Perforation or Dimension 1.56 x 0.98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm
Series Celebrating Lunar New Year
Series Time Span 2010 - 2018
Issue Location San Francisco, CA 94188
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Souvenir Sheet of 12 (1design)

Quantity Produced - 6,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $5.40
SKU: 576900
Dimension: 7.25 x 5.85 in./184.15 x 148.59 mm
Printer: Avery Dennison (AVR)
Printed at: AVR, Clinton, SC
Printing Process: Gravure
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Non-phosphored, Type III, Block

Cancelled Full Pane

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $7.90
SKU: 576964

Uncut Press Sheet

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $48.60
SKU: 576984

First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.89
SKU: 576961

First Day Cover Full Pane

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $7.90
SKU: 576962

Digital Color Postmark

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.60
SKU: 576965

Ceremony Program

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $6.95
SKU: 576991

Cancellation Keepsake (dcp W/2 Panes)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $12.95
SKU: 576999

Stamp Deck Card

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.92
SKU: 576992

Stamp Deck Card W/digital Color Post­mark

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.95
SKU: 576993

Notecards

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $15.95
SKU: 576994

About Stamp

On January 23, 2012, in San Francisco, California, the Postal Service™ will issue a Lunar New Year: Year of the Dragon stamp (Forever® priced at 45 cents) in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 12 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 23, 2012.

Dragons aren’t always scary monsters. Consider the colorful creature depicted by the U.S. Postal Service in its 2012 Year of the Dragon stamp, fifth in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series! The Year of the Dragon begins on January 23, 2012, and ends on February 9, 2013.

Across many cultures, in the United States as elsewhere, the Lunar New Year is celebrated in various ways, often with parades and parties. By tradition, dragons are not feared, but are considered magical or divine — welcome symbols at this time of renewed hope for the future. Performing before delighted crowds, skilled teams of dancers manipulate colorful dragon figures such as the one depicted in the stamp art. Lucky foods are eaten — kumquats, for example (issued in 2011) — and given as gifts. Festive lanterns, colored red for luck (issued in 2008), are common decorations at Lunar New Year celebrations, where they are frequently hung in rows.

Combining original artwork by Kam Mak with two elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year stamps — Clarence Lee’s intricate paper-cut design of a dragon and the Chinese character for “Dragon,” drawn in grass-style calligraphy by Lau Bun — art director Ethel Kessler has created a culturally rich stamp design that celebrates the diversity of the American experience.

The Celebrating Lunar New Year stamp for the Year of the Dragon is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

Colors

Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black, PMS 132 (Brown)

Creators

Designer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD.
Art Director: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD.
Artist: Kam Mak, Brooklyn, NY.
Typographer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD.
Engraver: Trident.
Modeler: Avery Dennison, Designed and Engineered Solutions.

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22328. Copyright: USPS.

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