Chinese New Year – Year of the Rat – 6 Stamps


  • Date of Issue: January 25th, 2020
  • Designer: Marcel van Duijneveldt
  • Face Value of Stamps: 70c, Cat.1, Cat. 2, 331c, 474c, 739c
  • Size of Stamps: 25 x 35 mm
  • Perforation: 14 x 131/4
  • Stamp paper: Synthetic
  • Printing: Offset
  • Color: CMYK – Printable foil
  • Printer: Johan Enschede Security Print, Haarlem, The Netherlands


The Rat is the Chinese zodiac sign known for being inquisitive, shrewd, and resourceful. The Rat is also the first in the rotation of the 12 zodiac signs.

In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus.

Because of their reproduction rate, married couples also prayed to them for children. Rats are clever, quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life.