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.
$1.40 – The distinctiveness of snakes is captured by incorporating Chinese paper–cutting techniques.
$2.40 – Rendered in Chinese ink and wash painting, the slithering movement of a snake is vividly portrayed in the stamp.
$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).
$5.00 – A coiled snake shape jade pendant depicted in the stamp is carved according to the natural colour and shape of the jade.
Designed by : KAN Tai–keung
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