New Year's Stamps for 2000


IssueNew Year's Stamps for 2000
Date of Issue15 November 1999 (Heisei 11)
DenominationsN83: 50 yenN84: 80 yen
QuantityN83: 50,000,000N84: 10,000,000
DesignsN83: "Shichihoumaru (treasure ship)"N84: dragon of Tsuneishi papier-mache doll
Image Area18.5 x 22.5 millimeters
PrintingPhotogravure in 6 colours
Sheet100 stamps (10 x 10)20 stamps (4 x 5)
DesignersN83: Ooya Takayumi
(traditional painter)
N84: Hoshiyama Ayaka
(public service designer of stamps)
First Day of
Issue Postmark
Tsuneishi Post Office (hand-struck one)
Karatsu Post Office (hand-struck one)

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

(Small Notes for the Issue)
By the twelve horary signs of Chinese calendar, 2000 is the year of dragon.
N83: 50 New Year's stamp depicts Karatsu-Yama doll, which is a miniature of the float. "Shichihoumaru (treasure ship)" is the 14th float of Karatsu-Kunchi festival.
N84: 80 yen New Year's stamp for 2000 depicts dragon of Tsuneishi papier-mache doll, which is a folk toy of Tsuneishi, Hiroshima, since the 1890's. The characteristics of Tsuneishi papier-mache doll is its roundness.

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