To welcome in 2014, the year of the horse, Chunghwa Post is once again releasing a set of two stamps and a souvenir sheet featuring the upcoming year's animal sign.
The vividly depicted striding and galloping horses convey a sense of New Year's festiveness and auspiciousness. The pastel yellow background and magical clouds provide the perfect backdrop for the vigorous horses. The images symbolize the youthful vitality of the year of the horse, and a coming year of steady good fortune. The designs follow:
NT$3.5 stamp: A high-spirited strapping steed strides forward, representing a good beginning.
NT$13 stamp: A jumping horse turns its head up for a backward look, symbolizing "success."
NT$12 souvenir sheet: Two horses, galloping amid auspicious clouds, symbolize that "all is going smoothly."
Two press sheets will be also released on the same day. Each of these uncut sheets comprises two panes of 20 stamps, with denominations of NT$3.5 and NT$13 each.
Printer's markings will remain on the sheet margin. Also included are a poster tube for storing the press sheets and a certificate of authenticity. Launched in 2009, this series of philatelic items are produced in limited quantity and very much worth collecting.
The set of stamps are designed by Tseng Kai-chih and printed by Cardon Enterprise Co., Ltd. in color offset.