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 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.
The $3 stamp features the Chinese calligraphic character for the Dog.
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
- 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.
Issue date8 January 2018
FDI withdrawal date6 February 2018
Denominations1 x $1, 1 x $3
Stamp designDani Poon
Product designJason Watts and Jo Muré
Paper gummedTullis Russell 104gsm Red Phosphor
Paper s-aBlue PVS stamp paper
Printing processOffset lithography
Stamp size26mm x 37.5mm
Minisheet size136mm x 70mm
Zodiac Sheetlet size170mm x 210mm
Perforations14.6 x 13.86
Sheet layoutModule of 50 (2 x 25) with foil
FDI postmarkChristmas Island WA 6798
Issue withdrawal date31 December 2018