Christmas Island Year of the Pig 2019

Release date: 8 January 2019

Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is one of the most popular and widely celebrated traditional Chinese festivals, and it is celebrated by many communities in countries around the world. Family feasts are conducted, gifts are exchanged, lanterns are hung and public firework displays are held.

The year 2019 is the Year of the Pig, the 12th and final sign of the Chinese Zodiac. The Pig’s patient, kind and empathetic nature makes those born under this sign well suited to a career as a teacher, doctor, vet or social worker. Previous Pig years include 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995 and 2007.

This stamp issue concludes the 12-year series of Lunar New Year stamp issues designed by talented graphic artist Dani Poon.

The stamps

$1 Pig

The Pig’s pictorial representation, with floral inlay, is presented with the Chinese calligraphic character in the $1 stamp design.

The $1 stamp design is also be available as a Personalised Stamp™.

$3 Pig

The $3 stamp features the Chinese calligraphic character for the Pig. The Pig’s curly tail has been cleverly incorporated into the Chinese character.

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Set of stamps


Stamp pack

Silk minisheet pack

Additional products

  • Minisheet
  • Zodiac sheetlet
  • First day cover (blank, gummed, minisheet, zodiac)
  • Stamp pack, minisheet
  • Special stamp pack (silk minisheets)
  • International and domestic pre-paid envelopes
  • Postcard
  • Postal numismatic cover
  • Postal numismatic cover (Dragon)
  • Medallion cover
  • Prestige booklet
  • Lotus sheetlet pack
  • Lunar New Year medallion collection

To learn more about the range of collectables available with this issue, including the Impressions range of collectables, view our Special products for the Year of the Pig article.

Technical specifications

  • Issue date

    8 January 2019
  • FDI withdrawal date

    6 February 2019
  • Denominations

    1 x $1, 1 x $3
  • Stamp design

    Dani Poon
  • Product design

    John White, Australia Post Design Studio
  • Paper: gummed

    Tullis Russell
  • Paper: self-adhesive

    Tullis Russell
  • Printer

    RA Printing
  • Printing process

    Offset lithography
  • Stamp size

    26mm x 37.5mm
  • Zodiac sheetlet size

    170mm x 210mm
  • Minisheet size

    136mm x 70mm
  • Lotus sheetlet size

    170mm diameter
  • Perforations

    14.6 x 13.8
  • FDI postmark

    Christmas Island, WA 379800
  • Sheet layout

    Module of 50, red foil overprint $1 design
  • Issue withdrawal date

    31 December 2019
*This content was produced at the time of the stamp issue release date and will not be updated.

Philatelic team