Hongkong Post to issue "Year of the Dog" special stamps

2018.01.12

Hongkong Post today (January 12) announced the release of a set of special stamps entitled "Year of the Dog", together with associated philatelic products, on January 27 (Saturday).

Being part of Chinese history and culture, the 12 Chinese zodiac animals convey good wishes and bear symbolic meanings, and therefore have been a popular theme for arts and crafts since ancient times. To herald the arrival of the Year of the Dog in 2018, Hongkong Post is presenting the seventh issue in its fourth Lunar New Year special stamp series, featuring a set of four stamps portraying dogs in different art forms, namely porcelain, jade, ceramic and seashell art, to underscore the theme of the Year of the Dog.

To celebrate the Spring Festival, a silk stamp sheetlet featuring a polychrome glazed porcelain dog sculpture against a background full of elegant polychrome glazed porcelain apricot flowers, expressing wishes for a flourishing and fruitful year ahead, will also be issued. Furthermore, Hongkong Post will release as the sixth issue in its second series a "Gold and Silver Stamp Sheetlet on Lunar New Year Animals - Rooster/Dog". The rooster stamp is hot-foiled with silver while the dog stamp is affixed with 22K gold-plated lace metal. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, this stamp sheetlet will be a perfect collectible.

Two Heartwarming Stamps (2018 Version) "Year of the Dog" mini-panes, which adopt the respective designs of the $2 and $4.90 mint stamps in the "Year of the Dog" special stamp issue of 2018, will be released for sale at all philatelic offices from January 27.

In addition to stamps, "Year of the Dog" red packets, featuring images of the four mint stamps on the same theme, will go on sale at the General Post Office, Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office, Tsuen Wan Post Office, Sha Tin Central Post Office and Tuen Mun Central Post Office, as well as Hongkong Post's Internet shopping mall ShopThruPost (www.shopthrupost.hk), on January 27.

Official First Day Covers for the "Year of the Dog" and Official Souvenir Covers for the "Gold and Silver Stamp Sheetlet on Lunar New Year Animals - Rooster/Dog" will go on sale at $1.30 each at all post offices tomorrow (January 13). Official First Day Covers (Prestige Version) for "Year of the Dog" and Official Souvenir Covers (Prestige Version) for the "Gold and Silver Stamp Sheetlet on Lunar New Year Animals - Rooster/Dog" will also be available at $8 each at all philatelic offices. These items will be displayed at the General Post Office, Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office, Tsuen Wan Post Office, Sha Tin Central Post Office and Tuen Mun Central Post Office from the same day. Advance orders for servicing self-provided covers will be accepted at all philatelic offices from tomorrow to January 19.

All philatelic offices will extend their operating hours until 5pm on January 27, except for the General Post Office and Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office which will be open until 6pm and the Airport Post Office which will be open until 8.30pm. Non-philatelic post offices will be open during their normal business hours. Please refer to Hongkong Post's website at www.hongkongpost.hk for details.

Information about this special stamp issue and associated philatelic products is available from Hongkong Post's website at www.hongkongpost.hk and via the Hongkong Post Mobile App.

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Mint stamps, Stamp Sheetlets and Special Postmark with a theme of "Year of the Dog".

Mint stamps, Stamp Sheetlets and Special Postmark with a theme of "Year of the Dog".

First Day Cover and Serviced First Day Covers with a theme of "Year of the Dog".

First Day Cover and Serviced First Day Covers with a theme of "Year of the Dog".

Prestige First Day Cover and Serviced Prestige First Day Covers with a theme of "Year of the Dog".

Prestige First Day Cover and Serviced Prestige First Day Covers with a theme of "Year of the Dog".

Presentation Pack with a theme of "Year of the Dog".

Presentation Pack with a theme of "Year of the Dog".

Postage Prepaid Lunar New Year Greeting Cards with a theme of "Year of the Dog".

Postage Prepaid Lunar New Year Greeting Cards with a theme of "Year of the Dog".

Mini-pane with a theme of "Year of the Dog".

Mini-pane with a theme of "Year of the Dog".

Mini-pane with a theme of "Year of the Dog".

Mini-pane with a theme of "Year of the Dog".

Red Packets with a theme of "Year of the Dog".

Red Packets with a theme of "Year of the Dog".

Stamp Sheetlet, Special Postmark, Souvenir Cover and Serviced Souvenir Cover with a theme of "Gold and Silver Stamp Sheetlet on Lunar New Year Animals – Rooster / Dog".

Stamp Sheetlet, Special Postmark, Souvenir Cover and Serviced Souvenir Cover with a theme of "Gold and Silver Stamp Sheetlet on Lunar New Year Animals – Rooster / Dog".

Prestige Souvenir Cover and Serviced Prestige Souvenir Cover with a theme of "Gold and Silver Stamp Sheetlet on Lunar New Year Animals – Rooster / Dog".

Prestige Souvenir Cover and Serviced Prestige Souvenir Cover with a theme of "Gold and Silver Stamp Sheetlet on Lunar New Year Animals – Rooster / Dog".

Presentation Pack with a theme of "Gold and Silver Stamp Sheetlet on Lunar New Year Animals – Rooster / Dog".

Presentation Pack with a theme of "Gold and Silver Stamp Sheetlet on Lunar New Year Animals – Rooster / Dog".

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