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Year of the Ram

Chinese New Year

Title

Year of the Ram

Denomination

PERMANENT™ (P)

Date of Issue

January 8, 2015

Year

Quantity

3,125,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Chinese New Year

Series Time Span

1997 - 2017

Perforation or Dimension

12½

Printer

Lowe-Martin

Creators

Design: Hélène L’Heureux. Illustration: Susan Scott. Caligraphy: Ngan Siu-Mui.

Layouts

Pane of 25 stamps

Quantity Produced - 125,000
Original Price: $21.25
Dimension: 32 mm x 32 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours, embossing, 1 foil stamping
Gum Type: PVA

Official First Day Cover single

Quantity Produced - 32,000
Cancellation Location: Richmond Hill ON
Original Price: $1.85
Dimension: 191 mm x 113 mm

About Stamp

Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, big-screen scream queen Fay Wray, and former prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau – what do they all have in common, aside from being subjects of Canadian stamps?

They were all born in the Year of the Ram, whose next cycle runs from February 19, 2015, to February 7, 2016.

In Chinese culture, the ram – or male sheep – is a sacred symbol of good fortune, kindness and justice. Ancient Chinese literature often associates the ram with religion, law, ethics, politics, literature, art and folklore.

Those born under the influence of the eighth creature in the zodiac of lunar New Year are caring, sensitive (sometimes to the extreme), artistic, fashion-savvy and intuitive. They long for beauty, to see the world, and many have the special talent of being able to turn challenges into opportunities – qualities shared, to some degree, among the Canadian Rams we just mentioned.

Sheep are close relatives of the goat, a creature that holds a special place in Guangzhou (Canton), China, also known as “Goat City.” The name comes from a tale of five goat-riding fairies that brought rice and everlasting fertility to the local people. Guangzhou’s granite statue of five goats, which honours the legend, is a favourite among tourists, and locals believe that it brings them prosperity.

This Year of the Ram stamp issue is the seventh in a series of 12.

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