Year of the Rooster (Canada 2017)

These stamps were issued Monday January 9th. Order the stamps and products here.

[press release]
Canada Post welcomes Lunar New Year with stamp issue
Year of the Rooster stamps shine with gold accents

OTTAWA – Canada Post will greet the Year of the Rooster with a two-stamp issue, the ninth in its most recent series honouring the Lunar New Year. A Permanent™ domestic-rate stamp featuring a rooster image, with its chest proudly puffed out, is paired with an international-rate stamp offering a close-cropped profile view of the rooster’s stately face. Both images are created from lines of gold foil.

“Canada Post is proud to celebrate the vibrant and festive occasion that is the Lunar New Year, which is marked by Canadians of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and other East Asian heritage,” says Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra. “The annual unveiling of this stamp issue has become a much-anticipated event, with the artistry of the series praised by both collectors and mailers.”

Designed by Paprika, a firm in Montréal, the stamps include several features:

  • The pane of 25 domestic-rate stamps includes four Chinese blessings, presented in calligraphy by Albert Ng.
  • While all 2017 stamps include elements that point to Canada’s sesquicentennial, this issue’s reference is two-fold. “Canada 150” appears dropped out of the tagging that surrounds the stamps, an effect visible only under a black light. However, on the uncut press sheet and pane of 25 domestic stamps, a gold foil sesquicentennial logo is visible to the naked eye.
  • The international-rate official first day cover (OFDC), which also features a traditional Chinese blessing, is unsealed to enable the Chinese New Year tradition of giving money in a red envelope.

The Year of the Rooster arrives on January 28, 2017, and runs until February 15, 2018. Those born under this sign are honest, courageous and confident. Marked for success, they achieve their goals through a combination of wit, charm and hard work.

Both the domestic and international rate stamps are self-adhesive and measure 32 mm x 32 mm. The domestic stamp is available in booklets of 10 and panes of 25, and the international stamp in booklets of 10. The issue also includes a gummed souvenir sheet of both stamps, a gummed transitional souvenir sheet featuring both the 2016 Year of the Monkey and 2017 Year of the Rooster international stamps, an uncut press sheet and Official First Day Covers for both stamp denominations. [press release]
Canada Post To Unveil the Year of the Rooster stamps

VANCOUVER, Jan. 6, 2017 /CNW/ – Canada Post invites you to greet the Year of the Rooster a little early with the unveiling of a two-stamp issue, the ninth in its most recent series honouring the Lunar New Year, on Monday, January 9 at the Vancouver Main Post Office.

WHAT: Unveiling of the Year of the Rooster stamps


  • Acting Consul General KONG Weiwei – People’s Republic of China
  • Acting Mayor Raymond Louie – City of Vancouver
  • Greg Kabatoff, Director, Retails Sales Area West – Canada Post
  • Three Degrees, Designers of the Year of the Rooster coins

WHERE: Vancouver Main Post Office
495 West Georgia Street (Corner of West Georgia and Richards Street)
• Meter and parkade parking is available on Richards Street

WHEN: Monday, January 9, 11 a.m.

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