|Face value||CHF 1.90|
|Motif||Year of the Sheep|
The Philately is continuing its elaborately designed “Chinese Signs of the Zodiac” series. The sign relevant for the next Chinese year (19 February 2015 to 7 February 2016), the “sheep” (value: CHF 1.90), adorns the new special issue stamp following the dragon, snake and horse. The motif was designed in the shape of a delicate silhouette and produced using ultramodern laser technology. The designer Stefan Erne chose the colour red, the symbol for luck in China, for the special commemorative sheetlet comprising four identical stamps. All the prints are affixed in high-grade gold foil embossing. The 4-stamp sheetlet is also cut in the shape of a sheep.
The Chinese culture is one of the oldest in the world’s history and its diversity is fascinating. One part of this is astrology and the twelve signs of the zodiac. The year 2015 will be ruled by the gentle wood sheep. In contrast to the Years of the Dragon for example, Years of the Sheep are usually years without major ups and downs. In China, it is said that the sheep is a bearer of peace or creator of harmony but it can also nag until justice is done.
Moreover, astrologists from the Far East explain that “people born in the Year of the Sheep are usually good-natured and friendly as well as artistically talented and elegant. But they are also often thoughtful, shy and pessimistic. Although they are not very eloquent, they empathically and passionately stand up for whatever they believe in. As a result, particularly the fine arts, such as painting, writing or acting, benefit from the wood sheep. All manner of domestic arts such as cooking or interior decoration are also popular this year.” In contrast, sports or other physical activities are not the favourites of the sheep which is why no sports records or extreme achievements are expected in 2015.
gold hot-foil stamping,
Gutenberg AG, Schaan
Tropimatic Silk, self-adhesive