|Stamp Title:||Year of Renyin Special Stamps|
|Piece in Set：||2|
|Date of Issue:||2022-01-05|
|Size of Stamp:||36 x 36 mm|
|Sheet Composition:||16 pieces in layout 1; 6 pieces in layout 2|
|Printer:||Beijing Stamp Printing House Company Limited|
|Printing Technology:||Offset intaglio|
On January 5, 2022, China Post is going to issue a set of 2 Year of Renyin special stamps, entitled respectively National Prosperity and Auspicious Tigers, with a denomination of 2.40 yuan a set. The planned circulation is 40.4 million pieces for stamp 1, 38.8 million pieces for stamp 2, 2.3 million for layout 2 and 4.8 million for the stamp booklets.
The year 2022 is the Year of Renyin in the lunar calendar or the Year of Tiger in the Chinese zodiac calendar. Known as the "king of beasts", the tiger is a symbol of valor and strength. In ancient times, there were tiger-shaped tallies for the dispatch of troops in ancient China, and there are also such sayings as "tiger general", "tiger warriors", “tiger walk" and "tiger squat", all of which signify power and glory. The Chinese folks regard the tiger as an auspicious beast that helps people to keep right, drive away evil spirits and bless peace. From the custom of drawing the tiger on the door to the charming cloth tiger toys, the influence of the rich and colorful culture around the tiger has penetrated into people's life and customs. The love for tigers has a unique place in the Chinese cultural complex, where rests the Chinese people's hard working spirit and wish for good luck and peace.
The set of Year of Renyin special stamps is the seventh in the fourth round of the Chinese zodiac stamps, which is created by Mr. Feng Dazhong, a famous painter. Feng Dazhong, a national first-class artist, has enjoyed the special government allowance from the State Council since 1992. He is famous for painting tigers and also an expert in other types of painting like landscapes, flowers. He used to be president of China Hue Art Association, vice director of National Painting and Calligraphy Art Committee of Chinese Artists Association, vice president of Chinese Painting Association, director of Chinese Artists Association, member of Chinese Writers Association and president of Liaoning Senior Artists Association.
The image of the tiger in the Year of Renyin special stamp starts from the "reality", catches the nature of the tiger, and meticulously interprets the beauty of the tiger. The stamps carry on the philosophy of the fourth round of Chinese zodiac stamps and illustrate the ideas of the "country" and "family". The first stamp depicts a majestic tiger, standing on the mountain and upright looking into the distance with lofty goals in mind, which conveys the meaning of a thriving and ambitious country. The second stamp depicts a heartwarming scene of a mild-faced tiger mother with two cubs, which implies a prosperous and happy family.
This set of stamps is printed with the offset intaglio technology, engraved by Yuan Yishan and Liu Minghui, and printed by Beijing Stamp Printing House Company Limited.
The stamp booklet is designed by Wang Huming. With creative originality and through the depiction of both shape and spirit of the zodiac tiger image, the booklet wonderfully presents the philosophy of "national prosperity" and "auspices tiger". In addition, the booklet presents breakthroughs in five aspects: the display of color overlay for the first time, the use of block of stamps in the booklet for the first time, the use of foldout pages from both left and right side for the first time, a fluorescent anti-counterfeiting code for each stamp for the first time and the use of tactile oil varnishing technique for the first time.
This set of stamps will be on sale for a period of six months at the designated outlets of China Post, the online mall of China Philately, the mobile app of China Post and the philatelic shop of micro post office on WeChat. To display the rich contents of the stamps, China Post releases digital information through the WeChat applet called Encyclopedia of China Philately and Stamps, where viewers can learn more about the stamps via its AR function.