Singapore Post Limited (SingPost) welcomes Chinese New Year with the launch of a set of stamps commemorating the start of the Chinese Year of the Pig. The new stamps complete SingPost’s Zodiac stamp series, which began in 2008 in step with the current Chinese zodiac cycle.
The stamp issue consists of three graphical illustrations of the pig. The Zodiac Pig stamps are designed in a similar artistic style as the rest of the stamps by Mr Leo Teck Chong, who has designed some 40 sets of national stamps since 1988.
The Chinese Zodiac is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year of the Chinese lunar calendar represented by an animal and its believed attributes. In order, the animals are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.
As the tradition says, those born in the Year of the Pig are carefree, peace-loving, fun, honest, sincere, and brave, with a deep desire for knowledge. Famous personalities born in the Year of the Pig include the Dalai Lama, Hillary Clinton, and Elton John.
Zodiac Pig Series
Zodiac Pig set of mint stamps ($2.30)
Zodiac Pig Pre-cancelled First Day Cover ($3.75)
Zodiac Pig Presentation Pack ($4.80)
Zodiac Pig Collector’s Sheet: ($16.80)
Zodiac Series – 12-Year Complete Cycle Special Edition and Special Lo Hei Stamp
Zodiac Series Collector’s Sheet ($8.80)
Zodiac Series Special Stamp Sheet I ($16.80)
Zodiac Series Special Stamp Sheet II ($16.80; No image)
Complete Zodiac Series Presentation Pack ($38)
Special Edition Lo Hei Stamp: (8.55)
Get them for less!
The stamps will go on sale from 4 January 2019 at all post offices, the Philatelic Store @ GPO (where a special Year of the Pig cachet will be available) and the Singapore Philatelic Museum. They may also be purchased online at SingPost. The Lo Hei stamp and the Zodiac Series Collector’s Sheet will be available from 4 February 2019.
Mr Leo will be at the Philatelic Store on 4 January 2019, from 5 PM to 7 PM, to autograph his stamp designs. He is the founding executive creative director of O’Meteor Creative Artel and has won numerous international and local awards in advertising and design, including The One Show, D&AD, Cannes Lion, New York Festivals Advertising Awards, and Adfest.
Starting 25 January 2019, postage labels bought at SAM kiosks at the General Post Office will feature a limited-run Chinese New Year design.
Zodiac Series to Give
SingPost is also launching the below collection as part of the Zodiac series which will be available at the Philatelic Store and at SingPost, as well as at the SingPost booth at the River HongBao 2019 festival from 3 February 2019 to 10 February 2019.
Zodiac Pig MyStamp Sheet ($12)
Zodiac MyStamp Folder (Pig) and Spring Decorative MyStamp Sheet (21.80)
Zodiac Pig Stamps Special Collection ($21.80; from 4 February 2019)
Zodiac Pig Special Collector’s Set ($28)
Special Edition Zodiac Pig Frame ($38)
12 Zodiac Cycle Lacquer Tray ($188)
Special Edition 12 Zodiac Lacquer Tray ($188)
Gem Encrusted Pig ($238)
Get your lucky Zodiac Pig stamps now and complete the Zodiac stamp series!