Year of the Rat

Posted on Jan. 17, 2020 by Canada Post in Latest Stamps

Our latest series of Lunar New Year stamps wraps up with the Year of the Rat – the first of the 12 signs in the Chinese zodiac.

As legend has it, the rat earned the primary position thanks to its cunning nature. According to one story, the Jade Emperor based the 12-year cycle on the order in which the animals arrived at the heavenly temple. The rat persuaded the tireless ox, which was sure to win, to carry it to the finish line. Just as the ox approached the temple, the rat jumped down and scurried ahead to take first place.

Designed by Albert Ng, O. Ont., and Seung Jai Paek, the stamps present the traditional story of the wedding of the rat’s daughter in the style of folk art known as Chinese farmer painting. The PermanentTM domestic rate stamp depicts the bride on her way to her nuptials, while the international rate stamp shows the happily married couple.

“A merry wedding procession of rats is a common folk-art motif associated with the Chinese New Year,” explains Ng. “The snowy scene, reminiscent of Canada or northern China, joyfully captures the celebration of the wedding – and the coming new year.”

The Year of the Rat begins January 25, 2020, and ends February 11, 2021.

Stamp Specifications

Pane of 25 stamps - Year of the Rat
  • Product #: 404126107
  • Layout: Pane of 25 stamps
  • Price: $23.00
  • Denomination: Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Albert Ng, O.Ont., and Seung Jai
  • Illustration: Seung Jai Paek, and Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Calligraphy: Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Dimensions: 32 mm x 32 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours, embossing, 1 foil stamping
  • Quantity: 35,000
  • Gum Type: PVA
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Booklet of 10 stamps - Year of the Rat
  • Product #: 414126111
  • Layout: Booklet of 10 stamps
  • Price: $9.20
  • Denomination: Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Albert Ng, O.Ont., and Seung Jai
  • Illustration: Seung Jai Paek, and Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Calligraphy: Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Dimensions: 32 mm x 32 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
  • Quantity: 260,000
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Booklet of 6 stamps:international rate - Year of the Rat
  • Product #: 414127111
  • Layout: Booklet of 6 stamps
  • Price: $16.26
  • Denomination: $2.71 (international rate)
  • Design: Albert Ng, O.Ont., and Seung Jai
  • Illustration: Seung Jai Paek, and Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Calligraphy: Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Dimensions: 32 mm x 32 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours, 1 foil stamping
  • Quantity: 60,000
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Souvenir sheet:international rate - Year of the Rat
  • Product #: 404126145
  • Layout: Souvenir sheet
  • Price: $2.71
  • Denomination: $2.71 (international rate)
  • Design: Albert Ng, O.Ont., and Seung Jai
  • Illustration: Seung Jai Paek, and Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Calligraphy: Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Dimensions: 40 mm x 140 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours, embossing, 1 foil stamping
  • Quantity: 120,000
  • Gum Type: PVA
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Transitional souvenir sheet of 2 stamps  - Year of the Rat
  • Product #: 404127145
  • Layout: Transitional souvenir sheet of 2 stamps
  • Price: $5.36
  • Denomination: 1 x $2.65, 1 x $2.71
  • Design: Albert Ng, O.Ont., and Seung Jai
  • Illustration: Seung Jai Paek, and Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Calligraphy: Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Dimensions: 118 mm x 90 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours, embossing, 1 foil stamping
  • Quantity: 60,000
  • Gum Type: PVA
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Uncut press sheet of 12 souvenir sheets   - Year of the Rat
  • Product #: 404126149
  • Layout: Uncut press sheet of 12 souvenir sheets
  • Price: $32.52
  • Denomination: $2.71 (international rate)
  • Design: Albert Ng, O.Ont., and Seung Jai
  • Illustration: Seung Jai Paek, and Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Calligraphy: Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Dimensions: 359 mm x 638 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours, embossing, 1 foil stamping
  • Quantity: 7,000
  • Gum Type: PVA
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Official First Day Cover
Product - Year of the Rat
  • Product #: 404126121
  • Layout: Official First Day Cover
  • Price: $1.92
  • Denomination: Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Albert Ng, O.Ont., and Seung Jai
  • Illustration: Seung Jai Paek, and Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Calligraphy: Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Dimensions: 190 mm x 112 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Quantity: 21,000
  • Cancellation site: Toronto ON
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OSouvenir sheet Official First Day Cover - Year of the Rat
  • Product #: 404126144
  • Layout: Souvenir sheet Official First Day Cover
  • Price: $1.92
  • Denomination: Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Albert Ng, O.Ont., and Seung Jai
  • Illustration: Seung Jai Paek, and Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Calligraphy: Albert Ng, O.Ont.
  • Dimensions: 190 mm x 112 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Quantity: 22,000
  • Cancellation site: Toronto ON
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