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Year of the Dog

Celebrating Lunar New Year

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue January 11, 2018
Year 2018
Quantity 15,000,000
Denomination
First-Class Mail Forever
Denomination Value $0.49
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 Honolulu, HI 96820
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Pane of 12 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 1,250,000
Original Purchase Price: $5.88
SKU: 564804
Dimension: 7.24 x 5.92 in./183.90 x 150.37 mm
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Printing Process: Offset, Microprint
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block

Press Sheet With Die-Cuts

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $35.28
SKU: 564806

First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.93
SKU: 564816

Digital Color Postmark

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.64
SKU: 564821

Ceremony Program

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $6.95
SKU: 564830

DCP Keepsake

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $13.95
SKU: 564810

Framed Art

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $39.95
SKU: 564824

Ceremony Memento

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $18.95
SKU: 564834

Commemorative Panel

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $10.95
SKU: 564833

About Stamp

On January 11, 2018, in Honolulu, HI, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Year of the Dog First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® priced at 49 cents) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 12 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 11, 2018.

Artist Kam Mak created this original painting. Art director and stamp designer Ethel Kessler incorporated elements from previous Celebrating Lunar New Year stamps — Clarence Lee’s intricate cut-paper design of a dog and the Chinese character for “dog,” drawn in grass-style calligraphy by Lau Bun — to create continuity between the stamps in the series.

Ring in the new year with gifts, noise, and celebration! An arrangement of lucky bamboo (Dracaena braunii) and a red, lozenge-shaped Lunar New Year decoration highlight the 2018 Year of the Dog stamp from the U.S. Postal Service®, 11th of 12 in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The Year of the Dog begins February 16, 2018, and ends on February 4, 2019.

Across many cultures, in the United States as elsewhere, the Lunar New Year is celebrated in various ways, often with parades and parties. On the night of New Year’s Eve, families gather together and share in a celebratory dinner. They feast on foods that bring good luck, such as fish, kumquats, and rice cakes, and hang lozenge-shaped pieces of red paper with finely written good luck characters, like the one depicted in the stamp art, from doors and entryways, conveying well-wishes. On New Year’s Day, musicians play drums to celebrate this time of renewed hope for the future, with drumsticks sometimes painted red for luck. Firecrackers are set off to drive away evil spirits and usher in prosperity.

Combining original artwork by Kam Mak with two elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year stamps—Clarence Lee’s intricate cut-paper design of a dog and the Chinese character for “dog,” 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 Year of the Dog stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp in self-adhesive souvenir sheets of 12. This Forever® stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.

Colors

Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Pantone 872, Pantone 342

Creators

Designer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD.
Art Director: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD.
Typographer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD.
Artist: Kam Mak, Brooklyn, NY.
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn.

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22484. Copyright: USPS.

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