rare stamp:First chinese 12 animal sign stamp:
In Chinese traditional society,
people used Chinese traditional calendar as the way of counting the
years. Now in general countries, Chinese traditional calendar is
still being used, because it fit for the farm work with strong
season. This calendar uses double-revolving combinations of the Ten
Celestial Stems and the Twelve Terrestrial Branches to designate
years. Every 60-year is a full cycle, which is called a jia-zi, for
the first stem and first branch. The Twelve Terrestrial Branches
also have animal representations: zi (rat), chou (ox), yin (tiger),
mao (hare), chen (dragon), si (snake), wu
(horse), wei (goat), shen (monkey), you (cock),xu (dog) and hai
(boar). The year of 1980 is the Gengshen year, the Year of monkey.
The person born in this year was born under monkey sign.
This stamp uses gold monkey by famous painter Huang Yongyu as
(1-1) 8 Cent ,Golden Monkey
Chinese JT-series No.T46
Values in set:1
Size of stamp:26x31mm.
Process:Engraving and photogravure
Printer:Beijing Postage Stamp Printing
1980 is Chinese traditional calendar: Gengshen year, the Year
of monkey.China issued theme of lunar calendar year,monkey stamp.It
was first time to issue this theme stamp,follow every year issues
the lunar calendar stamp to now,As the first chinese zodiac stamp
,Its price is going up and up,Now its chinese market price is
more than RMB10000/each stamp,About USD1600,that is
125000 times of its face value.become a new chinese rare
The copy of T46,Sc#1586,Golden
Monkey,and with "/" mark on the corner, It is good choice for the
most common chinese stamp lover.