Australia Post is honouring the 2018 Lunar New Year with an issue of stamps and other products featuring the Year of the Dog theme.
The courageous, loyal and friendly Dog is the 11th sign in the 12-year recurring Asian Zodiac cycle. According to the lunar calendar, the Year of the Dog begins on 16 February 2018 and ends on 4 February 2019.
The stamp issue, released on 8 January, features the Chinese calligraphic symbol for the Dog in the $3 stamp. The $1 stamp features a pictorial version of the Dog, using paper-cut motifs, a popular traditional Chinese art form.
From 5 February, Australia Post is also offering a Personalised Stamps service for the $1 stamp. You can upload your own photo, and it will be printed in the tab alongside the stamp. Both the stamp and the photo tab are attached to your envelope.
For this service, go to shop.auspost.com.au/gifts-and-travel/personalised-stamps, select the design, upload your photo, fill in your details and complete the checkout process. Once your photo is approved, your personalised stamp sheetlets and will be printed and sent out to you in around 10 business days. Terms and conditions apply to the use of the Personalised Stamps service.
Other products include a minisheet depicting the ancient legend of how the faithful dog risked his life to rescue some rice seeds from the Stingy God’s fields, ensuring a supply of rice for the people.
There are also zodiac sheetlet stamps featuring illustrations of each of the 12 zodiac animals with its “precious flower”, a Year of the Dog gold minisheet (limited to just 250), and a silk minisheet collection (limited to 5,000).
The stamps are available from some Post Offices, and via mail order on 1800 331 794, while stocks last. For further details visit australiapostcollectables.com.au/articles/special-products-for-the-year-of-the-dog.