The 50th Anniversary of the New Year's Stamps

C1697: Girl and Rabbit,C1698: "Mochi-tsuki", C1699: Rabbit Bell,C1700: "Meoto usagi"

IssueThe 50th Anniversary of the New Year's Stamps
Date of Issue15 December 1998 (Heisei 10)
Denomination50 yen x 4
Quantity5,000,000 se-tenant sheets of 8
(Original Stamp)
C1697: (N6, 1951)
Girl and rabbit
C1698: (N79, 1998)
"Mochi-tsuki usagi"
(rabbit pounding
steamed rice
into rice cake)
C1699: (N18, 1962)
Rabbit bell
C1700: (N43, 1986)
"Meoto usagi-no

(a pair of rabbit
making rice cake)
Image Area18.5 x 22.5 mm, vertical
PrintingPhotogravure in 6 colours
Sheet8 stamps (2 x 4) Picture of the sheet
LayoutMorita Motoharu
First Day of
Issue Postmark
Osaka Central Post Office

Japanese Stamp Specialized Catalog (JSCA) & SAKURA Catalog numbers are adopted.

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(Small Notes for the Issue)

It was from 1948 that the New Year's Stamps were issued annually. For this issue, Girl and Rabbit (N6), Mochi-tsuki Usagi (rabbit pounding steamed rice into rice cake, N79), Rabbit Bell (N18) and Meoto Usagi-no Mochi-tsuki (a pair of rabbits making rice cake, N43) are reprinted. Also a girl playing shuttlecock is at the sheet margin taken from the New Year's Stamp for 1949 (N4).