Feb 12, 2009

Year of the Ox FDC from HongKong.

FDC Name:Year of the Ox.
Issue date:17th JAN'2009.
Details:This is the tenth Lunar New Year special stamp issue in the third series released by Hong Kong Post.
The first and second sets of special stamps for the Year of the Ox were issued in 1973 and 1997 respectively.
Each lunar year in China is named after an animal, running in twelve-year cycles. In traditional Chinese culture, the ox is a symbol of diligence and reliability.
It is believed that people born in the Year of the Ox are conscientious, calm and systematic, and they often assume positions of authority and responsibility.
The four stamps come in denominations of $1.40, $2.40, $3.00 and $5.00, and portray vividly the physique and postures of four different breeds of oxen.
To capture the gradation of light and shade and to accentuate the three-dimensional effect, five-colour printing is used on the stamps to enhance the image detail of the cattle against a background of hillside and pasture in silver colour.
The First Day Cover design presents an interesting combination of paper-cutting and computer aided drawing. The paper-cut pattern gives a note of festivity, and the expectant ox in the front heralds the Year of the Ox.
  • Design by: Bon KWAN
  • Printing Process: Lithography
  • Stamp Size:28 mm x 45 mm.
  • Paper: Paper with security fibers.

Remark:In HongKong you can not send the FDC with the special cancellation by registered post,so My friend has send the FDC in ordinary mail with special "ox" cancellation.

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