The Rat, the first sign in the 12-year Chinese zodiac, symbolises good luck and wealth.
Intelligent and cunning in nature, realising that it could not be the first across the river in the zodiac race, the crafty Rat secretly rode on the Ox's back, and upon reaching the opposite of the riverbank, the Rat jumped off the Ox to take the first place.
Those born in the Year of the Rat are said to make ideal writers, critics, detectives, artists, musicians, lawyers, politicians or psychiatrists.
Included in the issue is also a set of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac.
Date of Issue : 8 Jan 2008
Postmark : Christmas Island WA 6798
Denomination : 50c and AU$1.45
Zodiac Stamps Denomination : 4 x 10c, 4 x 15c and 4 x 25c
Stamp Size : 26mm x 37.5mm
Paper : Tullis Russell, with Gold Foiling on Stamps
Printing Process : Lithography
A LIL' NOTE
Zodiac stamps, i.e. stamps featuring the zodiac animal of the year, is one of those stamps issued by various countries each year. For example, Hongkong Post and Thailand Post also issue zodiac stamps each year.
Click here to view the stamps issued by Hongkong Post for the Year of the Rat in 2008.