Christmas Island 2020 Year of the Rat

From Stamps of the World

  • Issue Date: 8 January 2020
  • Designed by: Yan Lin
  • Printed by: RA Printing
  • Print Process: Offset lithography
  • Perforations: 14.28 x 14.28
  • Dimensions: 35 mm x 35 mm
  • Format: sheets of 50 (two panes of 25)
  • Withdrawal date: 31 December 2020


Description[edit]

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, 2020 is the Year of the Rat. The first sign in the Chinese zodiac, the clever and quick-witted Rat is considered a symbol of good luck and wealth. The striking illustrations for the Year of the Rat stamp issue are by Yan Lin, a visual designer based in Sydney. The three stamps in this issue present the Rat as characters from traditional Peking Opera, which has its origins in the mid-Qing dynasty (1636–1912). The characters perform spectacular vocals, mime, dance and acrobatics in beautiful, ornate costumes. The stamps present the principal male role (sheng), the comedy role (chou) and the female role (dan). Performances often take place during Chinese New Year.


Stamps[edit]

Sheet Stamps[edit]

Single Stamps[edit]

1$10
2$50
3$30

Gutter Strip[edit]

Gutter strip of 10 x 1$10 plus 5 labels

Self-Adhesive Stamps[edit]

Single Stamp[edit]

2$50

Booklet[edit]

Booklet pane of 5 x 2$50

Miniature Sheets[edit]

Miniature sheet of 3 values
Gold Miniature sheet of 6 values
Zodiac miniature sheet of 15 values

First Day Covers[edit]

The first day of issue postmark was Christmas Island WA 6798.

First day cover of 3 values
First day cover of miniature sheet
First day cover of 8 values
First day cover of 4 values

Postal Numismatic Cover[edit]

Postal numismatic cover of 2 values

Postal Medallion Cover[edit]

First day cover of 1$10 with medallion


Postal Stationery[edit]

Envelopes[edit]

(1$10) Postpaid envelope
(2$50) Postpaid envelope

Postal Card[edit]

Postpaid postal card


Prestige Booklet[edit]

Prestige booklet front cover
Prestige booklet back cover


Presentation Packs[edit]

Calendar presentation pack front cover
Calendar presentation pack of miniature sheet