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Monday, February 8, 2016

Guernsey 2016
Year of the Monkey





COUNTRY: GUERNSEY
ISSUE DATE: 20 January 2016
STAMP/SHEET SIZE:30.5 x 40 mm / 100 x 140 mm
STAMP DESIGN: Chrissy Lau





42p stamp - The Three Plenties Monkey
56p stamp - The Fire Monkey
57p stamp - Aristocratic Monkey
62p stamp - Noble and Successful Monkey
68p stamp - Mother and Baby Monkey
77p stamp - Three Wealthy Monkeys 


With origins that can be traced back over 4,000 years, Chinese Spring Festival, also known as the Lunar Chinese New Year, is the oldest and most significant celebration in the Chinese calendar.

Thought to have originated during the time of the Shang Dynasty (1766 BC - 1122 BC), traditionally Spring Festival was a time to honour deities and ancestors.  Today, in countries with significant Chinese populations including mainland China, Hong Kong and Indonesia, the festival is marked by many rich and lively activities.  Within China, regional customs and traditions to celebrate Chinese New Year vary widely, although many Chinese families come together for an annual reunion dinner on the eve of Chinese New Year’s Day.

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2016 is the Year of the Monkey, which ranks ninth out of twelve positions on the zodiac.  It begins on 8 February 2016 at the start of the Spring Festival and lasts until 27 January 2017.  






FIRST DAY COVER



SOUVENIR SHEET FIRST DAY COVER


LIMITED EDITION GOLD SOUVENIR SHEET



The Gold Foil Souvenir sheet is produced in 24 carat gold (99.9% pure) and mounted inside an acrylic display stand with a numbered certificate of authenticity. For those of you who would prefer to display your sheet in an album the sheet can be removed from the acrylic display case.

Only 500 copies will be produced. 
The size of the actual gold sheet is 93 x 130 mm.





Stamp images and description thanks to Guernsey Post 

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