Lunar New Year Cycle

Posted on Jan. 15, 2021 by Canada Post in Latest Stamps

Issue date: January 15, 2021

The culmination of more than a decade of award-winning stamps, this retrospective brings together in a single issue all the stamps from our most recent Lunar New Year series. The exquisite stamps, issued from 2009 to 2020, were part of one of Canada Post’s most popular and longest-running series, which featured such elaborate techniques as gold and silver foiling and multi-level embossing.

The Lunar New Year cycle showcased all of the animals in the Chinese zodiac: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Conceived well before the series was launched, this collection features 24 stamps based on the designs of all the previous domestic and international rate stamps in the last 12 years.

“Even before we began this series of Lunar New Year stamps, we envisioned bringing them all together for a grand finale,” explains Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Services. “That required a plan from the very beginning. We developed standardized specifications that made the stamps consistent across issues in terms of dimension, format and palette, but still allowed sufficient creative freedom for each to be spectacular in its own right.”

Brought together by Paprika from Montréal, these eye-catching stamps feature the work of the many design firms and designers who contributed to the series over the years. The result is a unique collectible that is a fitting tribute to Lunar New Year celebrations everywhere.

Stamp Specifications

Booklet of 12 stamps - Lunar New Year Cycle
  • Product #: 414158111
  • Layout: Booklet of 12 stamps
  • Price: $11.04
  • Denomination: Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Paprika
  • Illustration: Albert Ng & Associates (Rat, Monkey, Pig); Hélène L’Heureux (Ram); HM&E Design (Rabbit); Louis Fishauf (Dragon); MIX Design Group (Snake); Paprika (Horse, Rooster); Subplot Design Inc. (Dog); Taylor|Sprules Corporation (Ox); Wilco Design (Tiger).
  • Dimensions: 32 mm x 32 mm
  • Printer: Lowe-Martin
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 8 colours
  • Quantity: 250,000
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Pane of 12 stamps - Lunar New Year Cycle
  • Product #: 404158107
  • Layout: Pane of 12 stamps
  • Price: $11.04
  • Denomination: Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Paprika
  • Illustration: Albert Ng & Associates (Rat, Monkey, Pig); Hélène L’Heureux (Ram); HM&E Design (Rabbit); Louis Fishauf (Dragon); MIX Design Group (Snake); Paprika (Horse, Rooster); Subplot Design Inc. (Dog); Taylor|Sprules Corporation (Ox); Wilco Design (Tiger).
  • Dimensions: 32 mm x 32 mm
  • Printer: Lowe-Martin
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours, embossing, 1 foil stamping
  • Quantity: 50,000
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Uncut press sheet of 12 souvenir sheets - Lunar New Year Cycle
  • Product #: 404158149
  • Layout: Uncut press sheet of 12 souvenir sheets
  • Price: $32.52
  • Denomination: (international rate)
  • Design: Paprika
  • Illustration: Albert Ng & Associates (Rat, Monkey, Pig); Hélène L’Heureux (Ram); HM&E Design (Rabbit); Louis Fishauf (Dragon); MIX Design Group (Snake); Paprika (Horse, Rooster); Subplot Design Inc. (Dog); Taylor|Sprules Corporation (Ox); Wilco Design (Tiger).
  • Dimensions: 360 mm x 610 mm
  • Printer: Lowe-Martin
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 8 colours, embossing, 1 foil stamping
  • Quantity: 8,000
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