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Water Mills of Ukraine

Size of the block – 140х95 mm.
Size of each stamp – 45,24х27,84 mm.
Comb perforation – 11 1/2. 
Face value of the stamp No. 1166 – 1,80 UAH. 
Face value of the stamp No. 1167 – 2,20 UAH. 
Face value of the stamp No. 1168 – 6,50 UAH. 
Face value of the stamp No. 1169 – 7,70 UAH. 
Printing run of the block – 104 000.
Protection of the stamps: face values and fragments of images of 
water luminesce under UV-light.
Protection of the block – microprint «Ю. Логвин».
Block selvages are artistically decorated; text on the block selvages in 
Ukrainian and in English: «Водяні млини України», «Water mills of Ukraine». 
Artist of the stamps and postmark – Yurii Lohvyn.
Block is multicolored; printing process – offset. 
Block is printed on SE "Integrated Printing Plant "Ukraina" for production of securities". 
Barcode 4823027132303. 


SOURCE: Ukrpost
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Lyceum of the Philippines University’s 60th Anniversary Commemorative #Stamp

Technical Description: 1952  Lyceum of the Philippines University 2012 60th Anniversary Commemorative Stamp
Kind of Issue: Commemorative
Denomination and Quantity:  Php7.00 / 104,000 pieces
Date of Issue: January 2, 2012
Last date of Sale: January 1, 2013 (or as stocks allow)
Sheet Composition: 40
Size: 30 mm x 40 mm
Perforation: 14
Printing: Litho offset (4 colors)
Paper: Imported Unwatermarked
Printer: Amstar Company Inc.
Designer: LPU 60th Anniversary Committee
Design: The stamp design shows the magnificent tower of LPU that has withstood the test of times and is enveloped in the number 60, colored golden yellow representing the anniversary celebration with the map of the Philippines in the background. A white ribbon with the inscription, "A Jose P. Laurel Legacy" honors the man who is the inspiration behind Lyceum of the Philippines University's pride of long and rich tradition of Academic Excellence.

Lyceum of the Philippines University's 60th Anniversary Commemorative Stamp http://bit.ly/sB1FoS
Philippine Postal Corporation
Address: Central Post Office Building, Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000 Manila, Philippines Telefax: +63 2 527 0067 E-mail: info@philpost.gov.ph  
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Hong Kong: Year of the Dragon

Issue Date: 14th January 2012 
Year of the Dragon" is the first special stamp issue of the fourth Lunar New Year Animal series. Almighty and commanding respect, the dragon is not only a totem for superior status, but also for the Chinese race. Featuring different representations of the dragon and a silk stamp sheetlet, this cheerful set is filled with Chinese elements perfect for this auspicious season.
Year of the Dragon;
Year of the Dragon Year of the Dragon
  • Mint Stamps
  • Stamp Sheet
  • Stamp Sheetlet
  • Silk Stamp Sheetlet
  • Presentation Pack
  • Datestamped First Day Cover
  • Datestamped First Day Cover (Prestige version)
  • Postage Prepaid Lunar New Year Greeting Card
  • Datestamped Postage Prepaid Lunar New Year Greeting Card
SOURCE:Hongkong Post Stamps
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New Zealand: 2012 Year of the Dragon

The 2012 Year of the Dragon stamp issue is certainly one to celebrate. The powerful dragon is the most vibrant of all 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac and when the Year of the Dragon begins on 23 January 2012, it will bring with it health, wealth, prosperity and success. 

The individual stamps in this issue are as follows:

60c - Year of the Dragon

Calligraphy is a traditional Chinese art form, and the Chinese character for 'dragon' expressed on the 60c stamp is from the Xi Xia Song stone monument. Carved in the 'Lishu' calligraphy style, the character has an authoritative feel that reflects the strength and confidence of those born in the year of the dragon.

$1.20 - Paper-cut Dragon

Paper-cutting is a much-loved Chinese folk art that became popular shortly after paper was invented. It is used for many Chinese weddings, ceremonies and festivals, and the skilfully crafted paper-cut dragon n the $1.20 stamp indicates prosperity, amiability and celebration.

$1.90 - Dragon Lantern

Chinese lanterns are an important part of Chinese New Year, and the Chinese Lantern Festival marks the end of the 15-day Chinese New Year celebrations. The dragon lantern featured on the $1.90 stamp was used in the Auckland Lantern Festival, which annually celebrates New Zealand's multicultural society.

$2.40 - New Zealand Icon - Dunedin Railway Station

Situated in the South Island, Dunedin was one of the earliest settlements for Chinese immigrants in New Zealand. Over the centuries New Zealand has welcomed many different cultures and this is depicted by the pair of swallows on the $2.40 stamp, which in the Chinese culture symbolise hope, blessings and happiness in the land.
Date of issue:5 January 2012
Number of stamps:Four gummed stamps
Miniature sheet:One sheet with four gummed stamps
Denominations:60c, $1.20, $1.90 and $2.40
Stamps, miniature sheet, first day covers and presentation pack designed by:Bananaworks, Auckland, New Zealand
Printer and process:Cartor Security Printing, France by offset lithography
Number of colours:Four process colours
Stamp size and format:30mm x 40mm (vertical)
Paper type:103gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet:25
Perforation gauge:13.25 x 13
Special blocks:Plate/Imprint blocks may be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks are available in A and B formats.
Period of sale:Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 4 January 2013
2012 Year of the Dragon http://bit.ly/tZdlwn
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USA: Year of the Dragon

Year of the Dragon 
In 2012 the U.S. Postal Service continues its Celebrating Lunar New Year series with a Year of the Dragon stamp, the fifth in the series. The stamp art shows the head of a colorful dragon against a brilliant blue sky. The Year of the Dragon begins on January 23, 2012, and ends on February 9, 2013.
In the United States as elsewhere, the occasion is marked in various ways across many cultures, often with parades and parties. Performing before delighted crowds, skilled teams of dancers manipulate colorful dragon figures such as the one depicted in the stamp art. By tradition, dragons are not feared, but are considered magical or divine, hence auspicious at this time of renewed hope for the future. Lucky foods are eaten — kumquats, for example (issued in 2011) — and given as gifts. Festive lanterns, colored red for luck (issued in 2008), are common decorations at Lunar New Year celebrations, where they are frequently hung in rows.
The artist for the series, Kam Mak, was born in Hong Kong and grew up in New York City's Chinatown after his family moved to the United States in 1971.
Combining Mak's artwork with two elements from the previous series of Lunar New Yearstamps — Clarence Lee's intricate paper-cut design of a dragon and the Chinese character for "Dragon," drawn in grass-style calligraphy by Lau Bun — art director Ethel Kessler has created a culturally rich stamp design that celebrates the diversity of the American experience.
The Celebrating Lunar New Year stamp for the Year of the Dragon is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.
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London 2012 Olympic Games by Paul Smith (2)

Paul Smith London Olympic Stamp Set

Paul Smith London Olympic Sheet Set
Date of Issue: 1st January 2012 
We commemorate the biggest sporting event the British Isles has hosted in many years with a set of stamps and miniature sheet that are bound to turn heads. Designed by internationally-renowned British designer Sir Paul Smith there could not be a more appropriate way to mark the events of London 2012

SOURCE:London 2012 Olympic Games by Paul Smith http://bit.ly/rZ8pcw
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IOM: London 2012 Olympic Games by Paul Smith

Paul Smith London Olympic Miniature Sheet
Date of Issue: 1st January 2012 
Our fabulous cycling-themed miniature sheet celebrates the London 2012 Games and is inspired by Sir Paul Smith's own long-held love of the sport.
His ambition was to become a proessional racing cyclist until, aged seventeen years, he was involved in a road accident. Three months in hospital followed and the rest is history.
With Manxman and Tour De France 2011 Green Jersey-winner Mark Cavendish gearing up to compete in Team GB, we hope our cycling miniature sheet brings them good fortune!
Measures 120 x 78mm
SOURCE: Isle of Man Post Office Website
London 2012 Olympic Games by Paul Smith http://bit.ly/uGQwJ7

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Philippine:New Year 2012: “Year of the Dragon” Special #Stamps

 The Philippine Postal Corporation recently came up with the New Year 2012: "Year Of The Dragon" stamps, which was issued last December 5, 2011. It is classified as a "Special" kind of issue with denominations of P 7.00 and P 30.00 and quantity of 35,000 pieces each. Also to be issued are souvenir sheets with a denomination of P 74.00 and quantity of 5,000 pieces.
The design for the Se-tenant Pair shows the Philpost Chinese characters series depicting the Year of the Dragon.
The technical description of the New Year 2012: "Year Of The Dragon" stamps are as follows:
Kind of Issue: Special
Denominations and Quantity: Php 7.00 / 35,000 pieces
Php 30.00 / 35,000 pieces
Date of Issue: December 5, 2011
Last date of Sale: December 4, 2012
Sheet Composition: 10 (2 x 5)
Size: 40 mm x 30 mm
Souvenir Sheet: Php74.00 /5,000 pieces
Perforation: 14
Printing: Litho offset (4 colors)
Paper: Imported Unwatermarked
Printer: APO Production Unit
Designer: Jesus Alfredo D. Delos Santos
Design Coordinator: Dr. Ngo TiongTak

SOURCE: New Year 2012: "Year of the Dragon" Special Stamps http://bit.ly/va99gp
Philippine Postal Corporation 
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Ukraine: “Seven nature Wonders of Ukraine” #stamp

- No. 1155 "LAKE SVITIAZ";
- No. 1157 "ASKANIA-NOVA";
- No. 1158 "LAKE SYNEVYR";
- No. 1161 "THE MARBLE CAVE". 
Size of the small sheet – 135х160 mm.
Size of each stamp – 41,76х29,58 mm.
Face value of each stamp – 2,20 UAH. 
Harrow perforation – 11 1/2.
Printing run of the small sheet – 132 000.
Protection of the small sheet: microprint «М. Гейко».
Protection of each stamp: image of the small coat of arms of 
Ukraine luminesces under UV-light.
Designer of the small sheet – Mariia Heiko.
Designer of the postmark – Yevhenii Borodai.
The small sheet is multicolored; printing process – offset. 
The small sheet is printed on SE "Integrated Printing Plant 
"Ukraina" for production of securities".
Barcode – 4823027132280.

SOURCE:Seven nature Wonders of Ukraine http://bit.ly/gqy9Ry
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Thailand: New Year 2012 Postage #Stamps



 Stamp No.:957 
 Title:New Year 2012 Postage Stamps 
 Date of Issued:November 15 2011 
 Denomination:3.00 Bath 
 Size:40.5 x 30 mm. Horizontal (Vertical-measured from perforation) 
 Stamp Designer:Euamporn Supharoekchai (Thailand post Co., Ltd) 
 Printer:Thai British Security Printing Public Company Limited, Thailand 
 Printing Process &:Lithography Multi – colour 
 Sheet Composition:10 Dot 
 First Day Cover:Bath  
 Designer:Euamporn Supharoekchai (Thailand post Co., Ltd)

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Hong Kong: "Tamar Development Project" Special #Stamps

Date of Issue: 15 December 2011

Stamp sheetlet 
Stamp sheetlet
Price: HK$10
Sales Quota: 10 Sheets
Descriptions: Containing a $10 stamp.

Presentation Pack 
Presentation Pack
Price: HK$18
Sales Quota: 5 packs
Descriptions: A prestigious folder contains a stamp sheelet.  The folder bears a special design matching the specific theme of the enclosed stamp products, making it a good addition to stamp collection.

Postage prepaid Postcard (Air Mail) 
Postage prepaid Postcard (Air Mail)
Price: HK$20
Sales Quota: 5 sets
Descriptions: Its postage is airmail prepaid and its design bears the same theme of the special stamp.

First Day Cover 
First Day Cover
Price: HK$1
Sales Period: Available at all post offices from 1 to 15 December 2011

Datestamped First Day Cover affixed with a Stamp Sheetlet 
Datestamped First Day Cover affixed with a Stamp Sheetlet
Price: HK$13.5
Sales Quota: 5 covers (available at the philatelic offices on 15 December 2011 only)
Descriptions: Serviced First Day Cover affixed with a stamp sheetlet and datestamped with the special postmark.

Special Postmark 
Special Postmark

SOURCE: "Tamar Development Project" Special Stamps http://bit.ly/s3bXek
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Ukraine: “Commonwealth of Independent States” decorative postage stamp

On 08.12.2011 

Size of the stamp – 33х30 mm.
Comb perforation – 13 1/4.
Face value of the stamp – 2,20 UAH.
Number of stamps per sheet – 12 (3х4). 
Printing run of the stamp – 150 000. 
Protection of the stamp: element of emblem, text «20 років» luminesce under 
UV-light; microprint «О. Шуклінова».
Text on the sheet selvages: «Співдружність Незалежних Держав», 
Stamp is multicolored; printing process–offset. Barcode 4823027131689. Order 1-3528. 28.10.2011. 
Designer of the stamp and postmark – Oksana Shuklinova.
Stamp is printed on SE "Integrated Printing Plant "Ukraina" for production of securities". 

SOURCEUkrpost Commonwealth of Independent States http://bit.ly/gqy9Ry

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Taiwan: 100th Anniversary of the Alishan Forest Railway Commemorative Souvenir Sheet

Alishan, with its beautiful natural scenery and rich ecological resources, is a world famous tourist destination. The Beimen to Erwanping section of Alishan Forest Railway officially opened to traffic on December 25, 1912. Along with the mountain's sacred trees, sunrise, sunset, and sea of clouds, the railway is one of the "Five Wonders of Alishan." The Alishan Forest Railway was once a very busy train track because of logging on the mountain. With changes to Taiwan's economic structure, the railway's role has shifted from a transporter of lumber to a cultural asset with its scenic spots and historical architecture dating from a century ago. To mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of the railway, Chunghwa Post will issue a souvenir sheet.
The souvenir sheet has a bright color scheme with mountains and a route map in the background. Four different trains are featured. One of the two stamps features one train pulled by a No.31 steam engine passing through flowering cherry trees (NT$25); and the other, headed by a diesel engine, is coming out of the No.1 tunnel (NT$5). Elsewhere on the sheet there is a train on the No.13 Bridge over the Niuchou River and a train being pulled by the No. 25 steam engine. With its images of trains traversing the forest, the sheet is imbued with a great sense of dynamism. The beautiful golden emblem on the upper left corner signifies the railway's glorious service over the last hundred years.
A stamp pictorial will go on sale on December 25, 2011, the issuing date of the stamps. The pictorial comprises one souvenir sheet, an NT$5 denominated Alishan stamp of the Personal Greeting Stamps – Travel in Taiwan, a silver foil and a set of 6 postal cards.

Issue date2011-12-25Sheet composition
PrinterChina Color Printing Co., Ltd.Dimension of stamps(mm.)
PaperPhosphorescent stamp paper
Dimension of complete set (mm.)140 × 105(毫米)
Print colorColorfulPerforation121/2
DrawerDesignerTseng Kai-chih
Creative DirectorSuspersion date
SOURCE:100th Anniversary of the Alishan Forest Railway Commemorative Souvenir Sheet http://bit.ly/tEkK6Y
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Korea's Achievement of One Trillion Dollars in Trade

Korea's Achievement of One Trillion Dollars in Trade
Korea has become the ninth country in the world to achieve one trillion dollars in trade! In celebration of this historic milestone, Korea Post issues commemorative stamps to mark the occasion.
When the Korean government was first established in 1948, the Korean economy was suffering from widespread poverty and underdevelopment, with a trade volume which stood at a mere 230 million dollars. But as the country underwent rapid industrialization from 1962 with emphasis on trade and particularly exports, its trade volume skyrocketed to 1 billion dollars in 1967, 10 billion in 1974, 100 billion in 1988, and just 23 years later, 1 trillion dollars in 2011.
Only eight other countries in the world have accomplished this same feat. Following the industrial revolution which began in the 18th century, the UK reached 1 trillion dollars in trade in 2007, and in comparison, Korea achieved the same outcome within a very short span of 60 years. A country whose exports in the 1960s and 70s were comprised of squid, iron ore, cotton, plywood and other agricultural goods, has evolved into a global leader in high-tech industries including semiconductors, mobile phones, autos and shipbuilding. Achieving 1 trillion dollars in trade, which opens a new horizon of the Korean economy, signifies Korea's newfound position as a trade power, now capable of making its voice heard in the global economic arena that was previously dominated by advanced nations.
We would like to express our appreciation to the Korean people for making this accomplishment possible, and also hope this serves as an inspiration for us to keep charging towards the 2-trillion, and 3-trillion-dollar era.
TitleKorea's Achievement of One Trillion Dollars in Trade Commemorative Stamps
Date of IssueDecember 7, 2011
Quantity750,000 stamps each
Denomination270 won
DesignKorean Industries advancing by leaps and bounds, Taegeukgi, the national flag of Korea
Stamp No.2836 ~ 2837
Printing Process
and Colors
Photogravure, six colors
Size of Stamp40mm × 30mm
Image Area37.5mm × 28mm, 40mm x 29mm
Sheet Composition4 x 4 (230mm x 147mm)
PaperWhite Unwatermarked
DesignerJiwon MO, Jaeyong SHIN
PhotographerChanghwan KIM
PrinterKorea Minting and Security Printing Corporation
  • Orders for Korean stamps may be placed with:
  • Seoul Central Post Office, SEOUL 100-709, KOREA KOREAN PHILATELIC CENTER C. P. O. 5122,
    SEOUL 100-651, KOREA
  • Tel : +82-2-779-0667 Fax : +82-2-773-4438
  • E-mail : phila@phila.or.kr
  • The schedule is subject to change without notice.
  • Next issue : The 50th Anniversary of Korea – Australia Diplomatic Ties Commemorative Stamps – October 28, 2011
Korea's Achievement of One Trillion Dollars in Trade http://bit.ly/tY3SmF
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