Jan 28, 2013

New Year’s Greeting FDC(Year of snake) from TAIWAN

FDC Name:New Year’s Greeting(Year of Snake)
Issue Date:3rd DEC'2012
2013 marks the Chinese New Year of the Snake, and Chunghwa Post has issued a new set of New Year’s Greeting Postage Stamps with two stamps and a souvenir sheet featuring the upcoming year’s animal sign.The two stamps are denominated at NT$3.5 and NT$13, respectfully; the souvenir sheet, NT$12.
In keeping with the pop modern art and traditional Chinese ink-wash styles of the 2010 and 2011 issues, the vignette of each of the stamps features an artistically papercutted snake or a pair of snakes colored in bright yellow and royal purple against a pale-orange background with random yellow splatters. The bright color scheme spotlights the joyous atmosphere of the Year of the Snake. The designs follow:

1. NT$3.50 Stamp: The long bodies curled against each other in symmetry and the heads pointing to opposite directions, this pair of snakes represents the spirit of “one mind” and symbolizes “warmth and all one’s wishes will come true.”

2. NT$13.00 Stamp: The snake’s head surges forward, with the plump, curved body curling behind. The snake looks spirited and ready to spring into action. This image represents “courage” and symbolizes “marching ahead bravely.”

3. NT$12.00 Souvenir Sheet: With its upper body standing erect and the head tilting to one side to face its curved tail, this snake signifies “mettle,” and reflects the spirit of “sprightliness and “everything goes according to one’s wishes.”

To add to collectivity and philatelic interest, two press sheets are included in the issue for sale on the same day. Each of these uncut sheets consists of two panes of 20 stamps, with denominations of NT$3.50 and NT$13.00 respectively. Printer’s markings remain on the sheet margin. Also included are a poster tube for storing the press sheet and a certificate of authenticity. Launched in 2009, this series of philatelic items are produced in limited quantities, and very much worth collecting.

This set of stamps features the work of Chen Peiyi, who won the third round competition in the fourth rotation to design the stamps. They are printed by Cardon Enterprise Co., Ltd. in color offset. (Source-Chunghwa Post)
Remark: Thanks Chen for sending 2 FDC on the issue date.Both the local cancellations are great for a collector.They were so clear and beautiful.

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