18 July 2015

floral pig

2007, Canada for Lunar New Year
Year of the Pig

The gold foil in the stamp is meant to reflect the ancient art form of cloisonné that originated in Beijing in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). The stamps were issued on Jaunary 5, 2007 but within a month around 250 of the stamps were found to be missing the gold and silver foil so that the enhancements of the floral design is not seen. Those .52¢ stamps are much more valuable to collectors as a result, some selling for as much as $1,000 each! My sheet are all nicely foiled.

7 comments:

  1. A happy looking pig and a most interesting interpretation of this week's theme

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  2. Very pretty stamp.

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  3. Very interesting. You can see the Australian version here: http://www.perthmint.com.au/catalogue/australian-lunar-year-of-the-pig-stamp-and-coin-cover.aspx

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  4. Wonderful, I never thought I would live to see a floral pig.

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  5. Sometimes I wonder if they do all those tricky printings because they know there will be mistakes, and an ensuing run on the stamps. Great design.

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  6. Lovely stamp art, and so interesting to hear about the foil and the values!

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  7. Loved the design and the background to it. A very different "take" on this week's theme.

    Family History Fun

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