January was yet another philatelic-filled month and I added quite a few stamps to my various collections. Most were obtained online and I made two trips to the Phuket Philatelic Museum to buy new Thai stamps. I received a flurry of postcards at the start of the month but, alas, no further Christmas cards. I only received one this past holiday despite mailing almost forty which is more than a little discouraging! Perhaps the biggest event of the entire month was (finally) finding a stamp inventory program that I like and it’s caused me to make some real changes.
Issue Number: TH-1058
Issue Name: Zodiac 2015 (Year of the Goat) Postage Stamp
Issue Date: 2015-01-01
Denomination: 3 baht
Designer: Mr. Udorn Niyomthum (Thailand Post Company Ltd.)
Printer: Thai British Security Printing Public Company Limited
Printing Process: Lithography (multicolor)
Quantity of Stamps: 1,000,000 pieces
Sheet Composition: 10 stamps per sheet
Size: 30 x 40.5 mm (vertical – measured from perforation to perforation)
Details: The Year of the Goat: Paintings of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
The goat is the symbol of composure and calmness. Persons who were born in this year are likely to be calm, prudent, reliable, and kind to other people. They are also peaceful, patient, careful, unselfish, honest and disciplined.
The series of lunar year postage stamps has been created annually since 2003 which is the year of Horse and finished the circle of 12 lunar months in 2014. This year, the first issue of new cycle begins which depicts the painting that Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has designed. Her birthday anniversary is also in the year of Goat. HRH give an importance to stamp and consider each stamp set, which is the great contribution she has given to Thailand Post. This is also the auspicious occasion to celebrate her birthday anniversary on April 2nd, 2015.
©2015 Thailand Post
As I write this on January 1st, the first of Thailand’s stamp issues for 2015 is scheduled for release. It is a public holiday and the local post office is closed so I will attempt to purchase my copies of the stamp and first day cover tomorrow. This first issue, 1058 in Thailand Post’s numbering scheme, is the annual Chinese zodiac issue for the Year of the Goat in a completely new design as the previous twelve releases in this series. One of the things I love about collecting Thai new issues is the low face value – most stamps are either three or five baht so an entire sheet of ten or twenty can be purchased for less than US $2.00. A full set of single stamps and first day covers for the entire year will run less than $50, judging on what has been announced so far.
Another year older, another year wiser? I have to admit that I’m a bit confused – is this the Year of the Sheep or the Year of the Goat. Some breeds of goats and sheep do look similar (the tails being the usual giveaway) but they aren’t exactly the same animal. Most websites detailing the Chinese zodiac (including Wikipedia) seem to be going the goat route, a few like the much cuter sheep, and others are saying they are the same. With the stamps marking the Lunar New Year that I’ve seen so far, most are calling it the Year of the Sheep but the United States Postal Service and Hong Kong Post are both declaring it the Year of the Ram!