The Lunar New Year Issue 1992-2004

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, artist Clarence Lee was selected to design the first Chinese lunar stamp, the “Year of the Rooster.” Issued in 1992, the stamp met with such success that he continued to design the stamps for the rest of the twelve-year series. When designing the first stamp of the series, Lee created a distinctively modern and Chinese design, hence the paper-cut two dimensional look. On each stamp of the series, a professional calligrapher wrote Kanji characters to state the name of each stamp. Kanji is a Japanese adaptation to Chinese characters and can often be read by a variety of Asian groups from differing countries and cultures.

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29c Year of the Rooster single, 1992
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29c Year of the Dog single, 1994
 
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29c Year of the Boar single, 1994
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32c Year of the Rat single, 1996
 
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32c Year of the Ox single, 1997
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32c Year of the Tiger single, 1998
 
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33c Year of the Rabbit single, 1999
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33c Year of the Dragon single, 2000
 
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34c Year of the Snake single, 2001
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34c Year of the Horse single, 2002
 
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37c Year of the Ram single, 2003
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37c Year of the Monkey single, 2004