Monday, July 8, 2013

Year of the Goat 2003 (Australia)

Miniature Sheet
Zodiac Stamps

The Goat (also translated as Ram or Sheep) is the eighth sign in the Chinese zodiac. In Chinese tradition, the Goat is the most tranquil of the twelve Chinese animals. It is the most artistic of the Chinese signs, and it symbolises beauty and good fortune.

Those born in the Year of the Goat are said to be easy-going, amiable, gentle and compassionate. Their sense of humour and fun makes them popular company, and are great socialisers with a wide circle of friends. Family bonds are important to them. But all is not perfect, they can be pessimistic, indecisive and dependent.

The miniature sheet design is based on one of the many Chinese folk tales involving goats. In this story, five immortals arrive at the city of Guangzhou riding divine goats of different colours. Each carried an ear of grain, which was given to the people to teach them how to cultivate the land. When the immortals departed the goats turned into rocks. Today the five goat statue is the symbol of Guangzhou city.


Date of Issue : 7 Jan 2003
Postmark : Christmas Island WA 6798
Denomination : 50c and AU$1.50
Zodiac Stamps Denomination : 4 x 10c, 4 x 15c and 4 x 25c
Stamp Size : 37.5mm x 26mm
Paper : Tullis Russell, with Gold Foiling on Stamps
Printing Process : Lithography


Goat years over the century are 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991 and 2003.

Famous people born in the Year of the Goat include Jane Austen, Lord Byron, Coco Chanel, Catherine Deneuve, Bill Gates, Mel Gibson, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Nicole Kidman, Michelangelo, Rupert Murdoch and Bruce Willis.

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