KPC3469-3470: New Year’s Greetings (Year of the Ox)

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(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 1 December 2020 KoreaPost issued a set of 2 stamps for New Year 2021. This particular stamp series is an annual event, a tradition which KoreaPost has maintained for many decades now. The year 2021 will be the Year of the Ox (note: not the cow!).

Just like last year KoreaPost released the New Year stamps in both a commemorative (souvenir) stamp sheet of 2 stamps of 380 won each and a larger sheet of 16 stamps (4×4) of 380 won each, printed by Royal Joh. Enschedé:

Sheet KPC3469-3470 (small souvenir sheet)
Sheet KPC3469-3470 (large sheet)

Stamps

The details of the stamps as listed at the time of this publication:

연하우표

우표번호3469
종수2
발행량672,000(전지 42,000장)
디자인복을 전해주는 송아지
인쇄 및 색수평판 / 4도 / 엠보싱, 금박, 홀로그램박
전지구성(전지) 4 × 4 (165 × 200) / (시트) 2 × 2 (90 × 110)
디자이너정은영
발행일2020. 12. 1.
액면가격380원
우표크기35 × 35
인면35 × 35, 32 × 32
천공13¾ × 13¾
용지평판원지
인쇄처POSA(조엔쉐데)

 

연하우표

우표번호3470
종수2
발행량672,000(전지 42,000장)
디자인어미소와 송아지
인쇄 및 색수평판 / 4도 / 엠보싱, 금박, 홀로그램박
전지구성(전지) 4 × 4 (165 × 200) / (시트) 2 × 2 (90 × 110)
디자이너정은영
발행일2020. 10. 29.
액면가격380원
우표크기35 × 35
인면35 × 35, 32 × 32
천공13¾ × 13¾
용지평판원지
인쇄처POSA(조엔쉐데)

KoreaPost released this text for this series:

2021 is the Year of the Ox. Since long ago, Koreans have considered oxen to be important partners in agricultural society, inviting wealth and preventing disasters. Korea Post is issuing the commemorative stamp for the New Year in celebration of 2021 as the Year of the Ox, which symbolizes relaxation and peace.

From ancient to modern times, oxen have been important animals for humans. In ancient society, which observed traditional beliefs, oxen were used as sacred offerings in village rituals, such as byeolsingut and jangseungje, and their bones and horns were used as fulu to drive away ghosts. Since agricultural society began, oxen became more valuable as agricultural partners. Oxen helped with farming work, which was difficult to do with humans` strength alone, and transported crops. In paintings of the mid-Joseon pastoral art genre of gyeongjikdo, oxen often appear plowing the field or carrying something heavy. In addition, oxen were also sold to secure emergency funds as in the saying “Sell oxen to send kids to college”. As such, oxen have been indispensible life-long partners for Koreans. As seen from oxen`s behaviors and characteristics, they are known to be diligent, honest and sincere. Because of such characteristics, there have been sayings reminding people of the importance of diligence like “Oxen have 12 virtues without talking,” meaning to realize true virtues while working diligently in silence, and “Slow but walks like an ox,” meaning to be slow but meaningful and reliable.

This commemorative stamp for the New Year is issued in two versions: one depicts a winking calf bearing good fortune with a lucky bag on its back and showing a gentle smile; and the other holographic version portrays a mother cow and calf facing each other and smiling together, expressing heartwarming maternal love and abundance. With this commemorative stamp, we hope 2021 can be a year where you can relax and spend valuable time with your loved ones.

FDCs

Several types of FDCs were released (images from POSA website):

 

New Issue Leaflet

The new issue leaflet issued for this series:

New issue leaflet for KPC3469-3470.

All relevant text and images in page copyright: 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost

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