Monday, July 15, 2013

Year of the Monkey 2004 (Australia)

Miniature Sheet
Zodiac Stamps

The ninth sign of the Chinese zodiac, the Monkey symbolises intelligence and resourcefulness combined with irreverence and mischief-making. Not surprisingly that people born in the Year of the Monkey are said to possess good humour, and can be very entertaining and mischievous.

Those born in the Year of the Monkey are also said to be clever, quick-witted, skillful and versatile. They are inventive and original, and usually successful in any field they choose. They have plenty of common sense and being clever, they are rarely fooled by others.

The miniature sheet design draws from a popular novel, The Journey to the West, whereby the Monkey has a starring role. The novel tells of a priest’s adventures as he travels to the Western paradise, accompanied by three disciples, one of whom is the irreverent and capable Monkey, to procure the Buddhist scriptures for the Emperor of China. In the story, the Monkey is a symbol of human intelligence and of man's skill and resourcefulness.


Date of Issue : 6 Jan 2004
Postmark : Christmas Island 6798 WA
Denomination : 50c and AU$1.45
Zodiac Stamps Denomination : 4 x 10c, 4 x 15c and 4 x 25c
Stamp Size : 37.5mm x 26mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Lithography


Monkey years over the century are 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992 and 2004.

Famous people born in the Year of the Monkey include Kylie Minogue, Will Smith, Julius Caesar, Lord Byron, Elizabeth Taylor, President Harry S. Truman, Jennifer Anniston, Celine Dion, Leonardo da Vinci and Tom Hanks.

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