Witty monkeys welcome the year 2016! Chinese public are crazy for 2 new stamps by China Post

Witty monkeys welcome the year 2016! Chinese public are crazy for 2 new stamps by China Post
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The creative, witty and agile Monkey, ninth in the Zodiac Cycle starts off yet another New Year on the Chinese zodiac calendar in 2016.

StampNews.com hurries to introduce to our readers' attention a new set of stamps commemorating the Year of the Monkey that went on sale in China on January 5 and has already become popular among stamp collectors.

The set contains two stamps, each with a value of 2.40 yuan (US$0.37). One depicts a hanging and smiling monkey holding a peach, while the other shows a golden monkey receiving a kiss from two smaller monkeys, representing family, China News Service reports.

The special edition stamps were designed by Chinese artist Huang Yongyu, the man who designed the very first Year of the Monkey stamps in 1980.

The Chinese public have gone crazy for the new stamps, with collectors already queuing a day before the official release. With the first set of Year of the Monkey stamps now valued at over 10,000 yuan (US$1532.70), the value of this latest crop is expected to appreciate in years to come.

One buyer from Beijing, named Li, queued for over 27 hours and purchased 3,300 yuan (US$505.33) worth of stamps upon their release.

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