Year of the Snake

Complete Set of 4 nos of commemorative postage stamps on the Year of the Snake :

Issued by Hong Kong

Issued on Jan 26, 2013

Issued for : The use of animals to mark the 12 components of the Lunar New Year Cycle is a long-held tradition in China. Frequently used as the theme for Chinese arts and crafts since ancient times, the 12 Chinese zodiac animals have profound significance in Chinese folk handicrafts. 2013 is the Year of the Snake. This issue is the second Lunar New Year special stamp issue in the fourth series released by Hongkong Post. The four stamps use different types of traditional Chinese arts and crafts to signify the theme of the Year of the Snake.

Designs :
$1.40 The distinctiveness of snakes is captured by incorporating Chinese papercutting techniques.1. Year of the Snake [Hongkong Stamp 2013]

$2.40 Rendered in Chinese ink and wash painting, the slithering movement of a snake is vividly portrayed in the stamp.2. Year of the Snake [Hongkong Stamp 2013]

$3.00 The stamp depicts two seals – one carved with the bronze inscription of the word “snake” (left) and the other with a motif of a snake (right).3. Year of the Snake [Hongkong Stamp 2013]

$5.00 A coiled snake shape jade pendant depicted in the stamp is carved according to the natural colour and shape of the jade.4. Year of the Snake [Hongkong Stamp 2013]

Designed by : KAN Taikeung

Type : Stamps, Mint condition

Watermark : No

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 1.40, 2.40, 3 & 5 Dollar

Stamp Size : 4.50 x 2.80 cms.

Perforation : 13.3 x 14.3 (one elliptical perforation on each vertical)

Paper : Paper with security fibres

Stamp Layout : Pane of 25 stamps

Printer : Joh. Enschedé B.V., the Netherlands

Printing Process : Lithography

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