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Year of the Horse

Chinese New Year

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue January 13, 2014
Year 2014
Quantity 1,781,000
Denomination
$1.85
Perforation or Dimension Comb 12½
Series Chinese New Year
Series Time Span 1997 - 2017
Printer Lowe-Martin
Postal Administration Canada

Stamp Values/Prices (Beta Mode*)

Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $3.60
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $3.30
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Hidden Date

The hidden date for this stamp can be found near the horse's hoof.

Interesting Details

The stamps in the souvenir sheets are embossed while the booklet stamps are not.

The embossing can be easily viewed on the back of the stamp.

Layouts

Booklet of 6 stamps

Quantity Produced - 150,000
Original Price: $11.10
Dimension: 32 mm x 32 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 1 colour, 1 foil stamping
Tagging: 3 sides

Transitional souvenir sheet

Quantity Produced - 175,000
Original Price: $3.70
Dimension: 118 mm x 90 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours, 2 foil stampings , embossing
Tagging: 3 sides

Souvenir sheet

Quantity Produced - 400,000
Original Price: $1.85
Printing Process: Lithography in 4 colours, varnish, 1 foil stamping, embossing
Tagging: 3 sides

Transitional souvenir sheet of 2 stamps

Quantity Produced - 150,000
Original Price: $4.35
Dimension: 116 mm x 94 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours, embossing
Gum Type: PVA

Uncut press sheet

Quantity Produced - 13,000
Original Price: $29.95
Dimension: 360 mm x 610 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 4 colours, varnish, 1 foil stamping, embossing
Tagging: 3 sides

Souvenir sheet OFDC

Quantity Produced - 50,000
Cancellation Location: Horseshoe Bay BC
Original Price: $2.85
Dimension: 191 mm x 113 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 1 colour, 1 foil stamping

About Stamp

The Year of the Horse gallops into view on January 31, 2014, and rides on until February 18, 2015. Those born under the sign have more than their fair share of ingenuity, a gift for communication and a taste for the spotlight – traits that also set the benchmark for this year’s stamp design.

Throughout the design process, Paprika’s Louis Gagnon and Daniel Robitaille were keenly aware of the need to balance innovation and tradition. They focused on attributes that would not only result in a timeless design for this issue but also continue the high level of artistry and refinement that has been the hallmark of the Lunar New Year series.

“The horse is shown in movement, its mane and tail touching from one stamp to the next,” says Gagnon. “The embossing also creates a multi-dimensional look and feel, adding to the physicality of the horse, while the red and gold – traditional Chinese colours – evoke the liveliness of fire.”

The creative team grounded the image of the wild horse with a silhouette design influenced by shadow puppets and traditional print-making. Acting as a base for the flashes of red and gold, a white background serves as a soothing and elegant canvas.

Gagnon continues, “We wanted to show the energy, strength and gracefulness of the animal itself – and we put a lot of effort into featuring those characteristics in the different denominations. We wanted each stamp to be powerful.”

“We’ve used foil in the past to accentuate parts of an image, but in this case, the entire horse on the international stamp was created from embossed foil,” explains Alain Leduc, Stamp Design Manager at Canada Post. “It is definitely something special.”

In keeping with its equine theme, the Official First Day Cover is cancelled at Horseshoe Bay, British Columbia.

Creators

Design: Paprika.
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