Year of the Pig

Posted on Jan. 18, 2019 by Canada Post in Latest Stamps

After one last bark from the Year of the Dog, the Year of the Pig trots into the limelight on February 5, 2019, and squeals to a stop on January 24, 2020. Two stamps – the 11th issue in our 12-year series – celebrate this porcine sign, which also ruled the Chinese zodiac in 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971 and 1959. Those born under it are said to be frank, forthright and trusting.

Albert Ng and Seung Jai Paek, of Albert Ng and Associates, based their designs for the stamps on the story of Zhu Bajie, a colourful character from the 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to the West. A once powerful figure in Heaven, Pigsy – as he became known – was banished for misbehaviour to life on Earth as a human-pig hybrid. The PermanentTM domestic-rate stamp features a proud Pigsy clad in heavenly armour, clutching an enormous nine-toothed muck rake. The international stamp shows him lounging in more modest attire.

As with past years, the pane of 25 stamps and the uncut press sheet are adorned with auspicious messages offering blessings for the New Year. When asked about their significance, Ng said he followed one principal in choosing them: to be meaningful. “Another challenge,” he added, “was to select sayings that were acceptable to both Mandarin- and Cantonese-speaking audiences.”

Stamp Specifications

year-of-the-pig_Pane-25-stamps
  • Product #: 404102107
  • Layout: Pane of 25 stamps
  • Price: $22.50
  • Denomination: PermanentTM
  • Design: Albert Ng, O.Ont., and Seung Jai Paek
  • Illustration: Seung Jai Paek
  • Calligraphy: Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Dimensions: 32 mm x 32 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours, embossing, 1 foil stamping
  • Gum type: PVA
  • Quantity: 40,000
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year-of-the-pig_Domestic-Booklet-10-stamps
  • Product #: 414102111
  • Layout: Booklet of 10 stamps
  • Price: $9.00
  • Denomination: PermanentTM
  • Design: Albert Ng, O.Ont., and Seung Jai Paek
  • Illustration: Seung Jai Paek
  • Calligraphy: Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Dimensions: 32 mm x 32 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
  • Quantity: 270,000
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year-of-the-pig_Booklet-Combo-6-stamps
  • Product #: 414103111
  • Layout: Booklet of 6 stamps
  • Price: $15.90
  • Denomination: $2.65
  • Design: Albert Ng, O.Ont., and Seung Jai Paek
  • Illustration: Seung Jai Paek
  • Calligraphy: Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Dimensions: 32 mm x 32 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours, 1 foil stamping
  • Quantity: 50,000
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year-of-the-pig_Souvenir-Sheet
  • Product #: 404102145
  • Layout: Souvenir sheet
  • Price: $2.65
  • Denomination: $2.65
  • Design: Albert Ng, O.Ont., and Seung Jai Paek
  • Illustration: Seung Jai Paek
  • Calligraphy: Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Dimensions: 40 mm x 140 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours, embossing, 1 foil stamping
  • Gum type: PVA
  • Quantity: 120,000
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year-of-the-pig_Transitional-Souvenir-Sheet
  • Product #: 404103145
  • Layout: Transitional souvenir sheet of 2 stamps
  • Price: $5.15
  • Denomination: 1 x $2.50, 1 x $2.65
  • Design: Albert Ng, O.Ont., and Seung Jai Paek
  • Illustration: Seung Jai Paek
  • Calligraphy: Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Dimensions: 118 mm x 90 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours, embossing, 1 foil stamping
  • Gum type: PVA
  • Quantity: 60,000
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year-of-the-pig_Uncut-Press-Sheet-50P
  • Product #: 404102149
  • Layout: Uncut press sheet of 12 souvenir sheets
  • Price: $31.80
  • Denomination: $2.65
  • Design: Albert Ng, O.Ont., and Seung Jai Paek
  • Illustration: Seung Jai Paek
  • Calligraphy: Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Dimensions: 359 mm x 638 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours, embossing, 1 foil stamping
  • Gum type: PVA
  • Quantity: 7,000
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year-of-the-pig_OFDC
  • Product #: 404102121
  • Layout: Official First Day Cover
  • Price: $1.90
  • Denomination: PermanentTM
  • Design: Albert Ng, O.Ont., and Seung Jai Paek
  • Illustration: Seung Jai Paek
  • Calligraphy: Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Dimensions: 190 mm x 112 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Cancellation site:Markham ON
  • Quantity: 21,000
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year-of-the-pig_Souvenir-Sheet-OFDC
  • Product #: 404102144
  • Layout: Souvenir sheet Official First Day Cover
  • Price: $3.65
  • Denomination: $2.65
  • Design: Albert Ng, O.Ont., and Seung Jai Paek
  • Illustration: Seung Jai Paek
  • Calligraphy: Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Dimensions: 190 mm x 112 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Cancellation site:Markham ON
  • Quantity: 22,000
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