The Year of the Tiger begins on 1 February 2022. The third animal in the 12-year cycle, those born under the Tiger sign are considered born leaders, who are brave, adventurous, competitive and confident. The Christmas Island: Lunar New Year of the Tiger 2022 stamp issue will be released on 6 January 2022, in the lead-up to this most important festival for Asian cultures around the world.
The stamp designs are based on the Asian tradition of the beckoning Lucky Cat figurine. These symbols of good fortune, wealth and prosperity originated in Japan, where they are known as maneki-neko. They are a common sight at the entrance to small Asian businesses, their raised paw beckoning customers into the store. In the stamp designs, each beckoning tiger is pictured with a selection of traditional symbols, including endless knot decorations, fu decorations and golden cumquats for good luck; a tiger cub, to represent the importance of family; plum blossom, to symbolise hope and perseverance; and fire crackers, which often form part of New Year festivities. The colours of gold and red feature, as they are associated with wealth and good luck, respectively.
The collectables being released with this issue will make for wonderful gifts or keepsakes, with some even doubling as ready-to-send New Year greetings. Highlights include the following:
This year’s zodiac sheetlet contains the three stamps from the issue, plus 12 special zodiac stamps. These 12 zodiac stamp designs continue the stamp design theme, by transforming each animal of the Chinese zodiac into a beckoning figure, including another version of the Tiger, with its tail and both paws raised.
Collectables for special greetings
The three postal numismatic covers each feature an attractive coin: a bronze uncirculated $1 tiger coin and an uncirculated coloured $1 dragon coin from The Perth Mint, as well as an uncirculated tetradecagon 50-cent tiger coin from the Royal Australian Mint (the latter being released on 8 February 2022).
The medallion cover features a gold-coloured medallion based around the concept of the lucky Chinese coin, which traditionally has a hollow square or diamond shape in the middle, to represent the four corners of the Earth. There’s a single medallion on a backing card featuring a beckoning tiger, and the Lunar New Year medallion collection includes a round zodiac stamp sheetlet and a corresponding medallion design for each animal of the zodiac.
Other Lunar New Year themed numismatics are also available online.
As well as a gold version of the Lunar New Year minisheet, we’re releasing a special “888” gold minisheet, which presents six stamps laid out to form three figure eights. The number eight is considered a very lucky number in Chinese culture, due in part to the Cantonese word for “eight” having a similar sound to the word for “prosperity” or “wealth”.
Lion Dance prestige collection
This year’s issue features a prestige collection that tells the story behind the traditional Lion Dance, which is a familiar sight in the streets of Australian towns and cities in the first days of the New Year. Accompanied by the loud clanging of cymbals and the beat of drums, this noisy ritual is intended to scare away evil spirits. The booklet also contains five blocks of four stamps from the issue.
Calendar sheetlet pack
The calendar sheetlet pack contains a self-adhesive scalloped-edged sheet of all of the stamp designs from this year’s zodiac sheetlet as well as a round $8 stamp in the centre. The pack also includes a list of birth dates, to help you figure out your Chinese zodiac sign.
The Christmas Island: Lunar New Year of the Tiger 2022 stamp issue is available from 6 January 2022, online, at participating Post Offices and via mail order on 1800 331 794, while stocks last.
This content was produced at the time of the stamp issue release date and will not be updated.