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T.46 – Gengshen Year (Year of the Monkey)

The traditional Chinese society has adopted the Lunar Year and is still used in the vast rural areas of China because it is suitable for seasonal farming. This calendar, which is related to the roundness of the moon, is also called the “lunar calendar” (because the ancient Chinese called the moon “the Taiyin star”). The Lunar Year is based on the combination of “Tiangan” and “Dizhi”; “Tiangan” is 甲, 乙, 丙, 丁, 戊, 己, 庚, 辛, 壬, 癸; “Dizhi” for the 子, 丑, 寅, 卯, 辰, 巳, 午, 未, 申, 酉, 戌, 亥. Take the 10 “Tiangan” and 12 “Dizhi” match, and they have sixty combinations: Jiazi. Twelve “Dizhi” are combined with twelve kinds of animals: the rat, the cow, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the sheep, the monkey, the chicken, the dog, the pig; Every year, a combination is the “Zodiac” of the year. Everyone born in that year uses this “Zodiac” as their “genus”; it is cycled every twelve years. GengShennian is the Year of the Monkey. The person born this year is a monkey.
The stamp pattern is a golden monkey painted by the famous painter Huang Yongyu. The golden monkey is also known as the “nose monkey”. Mammalia, primate, simian. The body is about 70 cm long and the tail length is equal to or slightly longer than the body length. The back has shiny long hair, face cyan, head top, shoulder, upper arm, back and tail gray. The head side, the neck side, the body ventral surface and the limbs are brownish yellow. The golden monkey lives in the dense forest of 2500-3000 meters in the mountains, and it lives in the wild. The golden monkey is a precious animal of special products in China. There are three kinds of golden monkeys, golden monkeys and golden monkeys.
The monkeys depicted by Huang Yongyu in the traditional Chinese painting technique are kind and natural and have become treasures that collectors love.

On an ordinary day in 1979, Huang Yongyu, an art master, received a visit from the student, former chief architect of the State Post Administration, Shao Bolin, and invited him to design the first set of zodiac stamps in New China – “Monkey Tickets”. In order to commemorate the little pet monkey that has just passed away, the master readily accepted it. However, Huang Yongyu may not have expected it at any time. The birth of this little monkey ticket has opened up the myth of stamps and what will happen in the future Chinese postal market.

Because the monkey ticket is the first zodiac stamp, the image is beautiful and the printing is exquisite, which is very popular among philatelists. The price of the monkey ticket in the stamp market is rising rapidly. The price of the Quartet and the full-page post is higher. The price of monkey tickets has risen at an alarming rate. It is worthy of the collection of Chinese philatelic collections. It is also the vane of the Chinese philatelic market. The first set of new stamps and new philatelic products all have a “leading effect”. The philatelist’s pursuit of the whole psychology often makes these first sets of philatelic products worthy and valuable.

Although many people did not pay attention to the beginning of the monkey ticket issue, with the establishment of many postal cities across the country in the late 1980s, the economic significance of philately has become more and more obvious, and the monkey ticket has become more and more tight. By 1992, when the second round of the Zodiac Monkey was on the market, many philatelists suddenly realized that they had lost the first set of monkey tickets. As a result, the price of “Geng Shen Monkey” has soared in the market, and supply and demand are extremely unbalanced.

Although the second and third sets of zodiac stamps were issued, there were also monkey tickets, but usually the monkey ticket refers to the first monkey ticket issued in 1980. Because the monkey ticket is engraved, the hair on the monkey’s face is radiant in the sun like a real fur. This is also an important basis for screening the authenticity of the Geng Shen monkey. Therefore, friends who have a monkey ticket should especially cherish the ticket of your monkey ticket. The quality of the ticket is an important factor in the price.

Basic information

RELEASE DATEFebruary 15, 1980PPINTING PROCESSShadow carving

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Because the monkey ticket is engraved, the hair on the monkey’s face is radiant in the sun like a real fur. This is also an important basis for screening the authenticity of the Geng Shen monkey. The monkey ticket authentic look at the words “Chinese People’s Post” under a 40-fold magnifying glass. Each stroke is a bamboo-like hollow stroke, a bit like a ladder. It is the fastest appreciation of Chinese stamps. In the past 20 years, the value of each par value has risen to more than 10,000 yuan, an increase of 130,000 times. This rate of appreciation is not only unique in Chinese stamps, but also difficult to find in world stamps.

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(1-1)¥0.08Gengshennian(Monkey)5 million pieces


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the authorVincent
Engaged in China stamp business for 5 years, the historical development of Chinese stamps, plate-making technology, authenticity identification and other rich experience, welcome to exchange and learn from each other.

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