Singapore World Exhibition 2015 – Miniature Sheet

Nafl.17.05

  • Date of issue: August 14, 2015
  • Designer: Randy Maurera
  • Value of stamps: 325c, 400c, 425c, 500c
  • Size of stamps: 22 mm x 31 mm
  • Size souvenirsheet: 80mm x 100mm
  • Stamp perforation: 13¼ x 14
  • Gumming: Synthetic
  • Printer: Johan Enschede Stamps Security Printing, Haarlem, The Netherlands

Description

The Singapore 2015 World Stamp Exhibition aims to bring visitors on a Round-the-world trip through Philatelic Gems.

The exhibition is held every 10 years with the full support and patronage of the Federation lnternationale de Philatelie (FIP) and under the auspices of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP).

To commemorate this special event Cpost International N.V. emits a block consisting of 4 stamps

Lion head symbol of Singapore
The lion head symbol was introduced in 1986 as an alternative national symbol of Singapore. The lion head was chosen as a logo, as it best captures the characteristics of Singapore’s reputation as a Lion City. It is used in less formal occasions mainly to promote Singapore’s national identity. The lion head symbolizes courage, strength and excellence, as well as resilience in the face of challenges.

The Singapore National symbol Stamp: “Singapore Merlion” 325c
The Merlion is the national personification of Singapore. Its name combines “mer” meaning the sea and “lion”. The fish body represents Singapore’s origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means “sea town” in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore’s original name—Singapura—meaning “lion city” or “kotasinga”.

The Singapore national flower stamp: “Miss Joaquim” 400c
Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’, also known as the Singapore Orchid and the Princess Aloha Orchid and incorrectly as Vanda ‘Miss Agnes Joaquim’, is a hybrid orchid cultivar that is Singapore’s national flower. For its resilience and year round blooming quality, it was chosen on 15 April 1981 to represent Singapore’s uniqueness and hybrid culture.

The National Coat of Arms of Singapore stamp: 425c
The central emblem of the coat of arms is a red shield with five white stars resting above a white crescent, similar to the crescent and stars used on the Singapore flag. Red symbolizes “universal brotherhood and equality of man” and white ” pervading and everlasting purity and virtue”. The crescent represents a new moon, which reflects “a young nation on the ascendant”, while the five-pointed stars “stand for the nation’s ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality”.The supporters of the shield are a lion and a tiger: the tiger symbolizes the nation’s historical and close connections to Malaysia (which Singapore was a state of from 1963 to 1965) while the lion represents Singapore itself. Below the supporters is a blue ribbon on which the national motto, MajulahSingapura, is written in gold. MajulahSingapura is also the title of the national anthem; it means “Onward Singapore” in Malay, the national language of Singapore.
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The national flag of Singapore stamp: 425c
The national flag of Singapore was first adopted in 1959, the year Singapore became self-governing within the British Empire. It was reconfirmed as the national flag when the Republic gained independence on 9 August 1965. The design is a horizontal bicolor of red above white, charged in the canton by a white crescent moon facing, toward the fly, a pentagon of five small white five-pointed stars. The elements of the flag denote a young nation on the ascendant, universal brotherhood and equality, and national ideals. The national flag is not used as an ensign by vessels at sea. Depending on a vessel’s status, the ship will fly one of three special ensigns.