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Special Stamp Issue - "Children Stamps - My Pet and I"

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A set of special stamps on the theme of "Children Stamps - My Pet and I" will be released on 28 March 2013 (Thursday). The "Heartwarming Stamps (2013 Version) "Children Stamps - My Pet and I" Mini-pane" will also be issued on the same day.

Stamp collecting is healthy and educational. A diversity of themes showcasing different social landscapes and scenery, domestic customs and tradition as well as culture and arts in miniature are featured in stamps through which we can acquire knowledge and find wonderful joy. Hongkong Post, being committed to promoting philately among children, issues different series of children stamps with new themes and designs from time to time, thus enabling children to enrich their know-how through collecting stamps on varied themes. Moreover, stamps with unique designs and interesting subjects encourage children to unleash their creativity and indulge themselves in the pleasure of philately.

While city dwellers have to deal with the hustle and bustle of city life and pets with an adorable look and ability to feel and return love can easily develop a close bond with their masters, keeping pets can help people improve mental and physical health, soothe their emotions and relieve stress of day-to-day living. With an increasing number of people keeping different types of animals as pets in Hong Kong, pets are regarded by many as the apple of the eye of their families. Just like collecting stamps, pets bring great fun and make good companions for children in their development. Pets are great mates to children, not only growing up with them but also helping young keepers nurture a caring heart and a sense of responsibility. Apart from broadening their exposure and horizon, taking up the hobby of stamp collecting is good to the body and soul of children. Hongkong Post releases a set of children stamps entitled "My Pet and I" which portrays children's happy moments with their pets.

This set of six stamps features six pet animals popular with children: the dog ($1.40), cat ($1.80), tortoise ($2.40), guinea pig ($2.50), rabbit ($3) and hamster ($5). In soft and delightful colours that create a warm and tender atmosphere, the stamps highlight the animals in all their loveliness and liveliness. Snapshots of children playing with their pets in the background are silhouetted. Since the pets featured are basically in white, children can add their favorite colours to and design clothes for the pet character in the stamp, making it a unique collection.

The first day cover depicts six pets lining up in good order in front of their young masters. One can sense the close tie between them.

Sales Arrangements

Information about the sales arrangements of philatelic products associated with this special stamp issue is as follows:

Product available for sale from 14 March 2013:

Product Description Unit Selling Price (HKD) Sales Restriction per Queuing Customer
First Day Cover ( available at all post offices until 28 March 2013) $1.2 No restriction

Products available for sale from 28 March 2013:

Products Description Unit Selling Price (HKD) Sales Restriction per Queuing Customer
"Children Stamps - My Pet and I" Special Stamps
Mint Stamps A set of 6 stamps ($1.40, $1.80, $2.40, $2.50,$3 and $5) $16.1 5 sheets of each denomination
(viz. 125 stamps of each denomination)
Souvenir Sheet Containing a set of 6 stamps $16.1 10 sheets
Presentation Pack Containing a set of 6 stamps $28 5 packs
Serviced First Day Cover affixed with a set of 6 stamps Affixed with a set of 6 stamps and date-stamped with the special postmark
(available at 37 philatelic offices only on 28 March 2013)
$19.8 5 covers
Serviced First Day Cover affixed with a Souvenir Sheet Affixed with a Souvenir Sheet and date-stamped with the special postmark
(available at 37 philatelic offices only on 28 March 2013)
$19.8 5 covers
"Heartwarming Stamps (2013 Version) "Children Stamps - My Pet and I" Mini-pane"
Mini-pane (Local Mail Postage) - Dog Containing 8 Heartwarming Stamps with local mail postage
(available at General Post Office, Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office, Tsuen Wan Post Office, Shatin Central Post Office and Tuen Mun Central Post Office from 28 March 2013)
$30 2 panes
Mini-pane (Air Mail Postage) - Rabbit Containing 8 Heartwarming Stamps with air mail postage
(available at General Post Office, Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office, Tsuen Wan Post Office, Shatin Central Post Office and Tuen Mun Central Post Office from 28 March 2013)
$55 2 panes

Remarks:

  1. The philatelic products of "Children Stamps - My Pet and I" are included in the "2013 Local Standing Order Service" and "2013 Overseas Mail Order Service". For local customers, please contact Hongkong Post Philatelic Bureau Hotline for enquiry at 2785 5711 or fax to 2191 9296.
  2. The philatelic products of "Heartwarming Stamps (2013 Version) "Children Stamps - My Pet and I" Mini-pane" are not included in the "2013 Local Standing Order Service" and "2013 Overseas Mail Order Service". Order form had already been issued to the customers of "2013 Local Standing Order Service" and "2013 Overseas Mail Order Service".
  3. For overseas customers, please ensure there is sufficient balance in your account to pay your advance order. Otherwise, your order will be processed only when the stock is still available after all orders have been fulfilled. For any enquiries, please contact Hongkong Post Philatelic Bureau (Overseas Mail Order Service Unit) Hotline at 852-2928 7211 or fax to 852-2850 6552.
  4. The supply of the above philatelic products are limited and available for sale for three months while stock lasts.

Official First Day Covers for "Children Stamps - My Pet and I" Special Stamps will be put on sale at $1.2 each at all post offices from 14 March 2013. while the stamps and associated philatelic products will be displayed at the General Post Office, Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office, Tsuen Wan Post Office and Shatin Central Post Office on the same day. Advance orders for servicing self-provided covers will be accepted at all philatelic offices from 14 to 20 March 2013.

Hand-back Date-stamping Arrangements

A hand-back date-stamping service using the office steel date-stamp and the special postmark will be provided on 28 March 2013 at all post offices for official/privately-made covers bearing the first day of issue indication and a local address. All philatelic offices will also provide hand-back date-stamping service using the "Philatelic Bureau" pictorial postmark and the philatelic office pictorial postmark concurrently. However, the GPO-1 date-stamp will only be available at the General Post Office.

The public hall of the Hongkong Post Philatelic Bureau on 1/F., Trade Square, 681 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon,will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on 28 March 2013 to provide date-stamping service using the "Philatelic Bureau" pictorial postmark and the special postmark.

Stamp Printing Details

"Children Stamps - My Pet and I" Special Stamps
Design: Benny LAU Printer: Cartor Security Printing, France
Process: Lithography Perforation: 13.75
(one elliptical perforation on each vertical)
Stamp Size: 38 mm x 38 mm
Souvenir Sheet Size: 140 mm x 90 mm Paper: Paper with security fibres
Stamp Layout: Pane of 25 stamps Date of Issue: 28 March 2013
"Heartwarming Stamps (2013 Version) "Children Stamps - My Pet and I" Mini-pane"
Stamp Design: Benny LAU Printer: Cartor Security Printing, France
Mini-pane Design: Carrie CHAU Perforation: 13.25
(one elliptical perforation on each vertical)
Process: Lithography
Stamp Size: 30 mm × 30 mm Paper: Paper with security fibres
Stamp Tab Size: 40 mm x 30 mm Date of Issue: 28 March 2013
Mini-pane Size: 210 mm × 297 mm    
Souvenir Sheet
Souvenir Sheet
Special Postmark
Special Postmark
Serviced First Day Cover affixed with a set of 6 stamps
Serviced First Day Cover affixed with a set of 6 stamps
Serviced First Day Cover affixed with a Souvenir Sheet
Serviced First Day Cover affixed with a Souvenir Sheet
Presentation Pack (cover and inside design)
Presentation Pack (cover and inside design)
Mini-pane (Local Mail Postage) - Dog
Mini-pane (Local Mail Postage) - Dog
Mini-pane (Air Mail Postage) - Rabbit
Mini-pane (Air Mail Postage) - Rabbit
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