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Canada Postal Services 2013 Issue
Design by Joseph Gault and Avi Dunkelman

Year of the Snake 2013

The Canada Postal Service has issued two new stamps that have postage values of permanent Domestic rate and International ($1.85) named "Year of the Snake" on the 8th of January 2013. These two stamps feature two different colored snakes that have been setup to create a three dimensional effect. The domestic stamp depicts a red snake that gives you a three dimensional effect that it is slithering through the water; and the international stamp has been embossed on multiple levels to provide the three dimensional effect with simulate scales. It is also coiled into a stylized 8 which is the luckiest number to the Chinese people. The designed team used two finishes, gold foil, embossing, and various lighting to accomplish these three dimensional effects on these flat images. The Canada post and designers have responded with the hope that they have met the challenge of continuing to surprise the collector.

"Year of the snake" stamps can be purchase as a pane of 25, Assorted corner blocks, two different Souvenir Sheets, Booklet of 6 (International Only), Uncut press sheet and assorted FDC's. The size of the stamps is 32mm x 32mm and the size of the souvenir sheets is 40mm x 140mm for the International stamp and 118mm x 90mm for the Transitional Souvenir sheet that depicts a dragon with the international snake. All have the perforation size of 13+ using the 2cm reference. The stamps have been printed by Lowe-Martin using assorted Lithography printing methods for each stamp product with Tullis Russell paper. Gum type is P.V.A. for all products except the international stamp booklet that is pressure sensitive. Quantity of each is listed in the table below:

  • Red Snake Pane: 5,000,000
  • Green Snake Booklet: 2,250,000
  • Green Snake Souvenir Sheet: 455,000
  • Dragon and Green Snake Souvenir Sheet: 190,000
  • Uncut press sheet: 15,000


Year of the Snake FDC single and FDC Block


Year of the Snake Transitional Souvenir Sheet



Year of the Snake Souvenir Sheet


To order these stamps or to learn more go to www.canadapost.ca/shop Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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