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2003-1, Scott 3253-54 Year of Sheep (2003 Gui-wei Year)
Great Auspiciousness in the Gui-Wei Year
(2-1), Great Auspiciousness in the Gui-Wei Year, 80 fen, 26*31 mm
The New Year Ushering in Good Fortune
(2-2), The New Year Ushering in Good Fortune, 80 fen, 26*31 mm
Year of Sheep (Gui-wei Year)
(2-1s), Year of Sheep (Gui-wei Year), 2240 fen, 139*119 mm
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Year of Sheep (Gui-wei Year)
(2-2s), Year of Sheep (Gui-wei Year), 1680 fen, 140*92 mm
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Scott No: 3253-54
Serial number: 2003-1
Values in set: 2
Denomination: 2.80 yuan
Date of issue: 5th Jan. 2003
Designer: Wang Huming
Size of stamps: 26*31 mm
Perforation: 11.5
Sheet composition: 32
Printing process: Photogravure-engraving
Printer: Beijing Postage Stamp Printing House
Themes: Culture, New year,
Background
The year 2003, according to the lunar calendar, is the year of Gui-Wei, or the year of ram. One of the six domestic animals, the sheep has been with man since ancient times. In the early ages of human civilization , our ancestors herbed sheep and hunted. People like the sheep for its mildness and meekness. In addition, as the Chinese character for "sheep" pronounces the same as that for "sun", and is interchangeable with the Chinese character for "auspiciousness" sheep is regarded as an auspicious creature. In China's millennia of civilization, from the pets pulling carts in imperial courts to the legand of Guangzhou, the "City of Five Rams", the sheep has been associated with many beautiful images, and embodies people's wish for happy life and peace.
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