Christmas Island Year of the Dog 2018

Release date: 8 January 2018

The Dog is the 11th sign in the 12-sign Chinese zodiac cycle. Those born under the Dog sign are known to be independent, sincere, courageous and intelligent, as well as friendly and loving. According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the Year of the Dog runs from 16 February 2018 to 4 February 2019.

Famous people born in the Year of the Dog include Prince William, Dame Judi Dench, Glenn McGrath, Adam Hills and Billy Thorpe. Previous Dog years include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, and 2006. The Dog’s lucky colours are red, green and purple, and its lucky numbers are 3, 4 and 9.

The stamps

$1 Dog

The Dog’s pictorial representation, with floral inlay, is included in the $1 stamp design.

The $1 stamp design will also be available as a Personalised Stamp™, from early February 2018.

$3 Dog

The $3 stamp features the Chinese calligraphic character for the Dog.

Additional products

  • Minisheet
    The minisheet depicts an ancient Chinese legend. When there was no rice in the world, a faithful dog went out in search of rice seeds. The Stingy God has stolen them too, so he rolled around in the Stingy God’s rice fields to collect some, but was chased away by soldiers.
    To escape the soldiers’ chase, this clever creature swam across the river with his tail sticking out of the water, thereby ensuring that some of the seeds were spared from being washed away and that the people could, once again, grow rice to eat.
  • Zodiac sheetlet
  • First day cover (blank, gummed, minisheet, zodiac)
  • Stamp pack, minisheet
  • Special stamp pack (silk minisheets)
  • International and domestic PPEs
  • Postcard
  • Postal numismatic cover
  • Postal numismatic cover (Dragon)
  • Medallion cover
  • Prestige booklet
    The theme of this year’s zodiac sheetlet and prestige book is “precious flowers of the Chinese zodiac”. Flowers in Chinese culture are highly symbolic, representing life, happiness and prosperity. The zodiac sheetlet pictures each animal sign holding their precious flower. The stamps from zodiac sheetlet are presented in different configurations of blocks of four, creating unique minisheets in this prestige booklet.

View our article on the range of collectables available with this issue.

Technical specifications

  • Issue date

    8 January 2018
  • FDI withdrawal date

    6 February 2018
  • Denominations

    1 x $1, 1 x $3
  • Stamp design

    Dani Poon
  • Product design

    Jason Watts and Jo Muré
  • Printer

    RA Printing
  • Paper gummed

    Tullis Russell 104gsm Red Phosphor
  • Paper s-a

    Blue PVS stamp paper
  • Printing process

    Offset lithography
  • Stamp size

    26mm x 37.5mm
  • Minisheet size

    136mm x 70mm
  • Zodiac Sheetlet size

    170mm x 210mm
  • Perforations

    14.6 x 13.86
  • Sheet layout

    Module of 50 (2 x 25) with foil
  • FDI postmark

    Christmas Island WA 6798
  • Issue withdrawal date

    31 December 2018
*This content was produced at the time of the stamp issue release date and will not be updated.

Philatelic team