C360 Year of the Snake

Issue Date: February 10, 2013

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On February 10, 2013, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issued four new stamps celebrating the Year of the Snake. The Chinese zodiac, or Sheng Xiao, is a combination of symbolism and mathematical complexities. The Sheng Xiao possibly originated during the reign of Emperor Huang in 2637 B.C. Twelve animals are associated with the calendar: the rat, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog and boar. The Sheng Xiao consists of repeating cycles, with 2013 being the Year of the Snake. Those born in a given year are said to share that animal's character traits. Thus, people born during the Year of the Snake are kind, courageous and goal-oriented. In ancient times, the Chinese zodiac played a great role in people's lives by providing guidance in decisions regarding marriage and childbirth. Even today, the horoscope remains an integral part of everyday life for many people.


  • Issue: Year of the Snake
  • Face Value: 4 x $1.10
  • Issue Date: February 10, 2013
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Original Artwork: D. Zoe Seemel
  • Printing Process: Black, cyan, magenta, yellow by offset lithography on unwatermarked gummed paper
  • Printer: Pioneer Printin g, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A.
  • Stamp Format: Horizontal
  • Stamps Per Sheet: 4
  • Designs per Sheet: 4
  • Overall Sheet Size: 126mm x 108mm
  • Size of Stamps: 43mm x 34mm
  • Issue Number: C360
  • Stamp Numbers:
    (4-1) Blue Snake
    (4-2)Pink Snake
    (4-3)Yellow Snake
    (4-4) Green Snake
  • Withdrawal Date: While supplies last.

    Stamp designs ©2013 Marshall Islands Postal Service Authority. All rights reserved.

    Stamps in this Issue

    Currency Face Value Stamp Description
    US$ 4.40 Year of the Snake
    US$ 1.10 Year of the Snake (Blue)
    US$ 1.10 Year of the Snake (Pink)
    US$ 1.10 Year of the Snake (Yellow)
    US$ 1.10 Year of the Snake (Green)

    What is Available for you to Order

    Can be Shipped to Many Countries
    Item Description Withdrawal Date Stock
    Number (SKU)
    US$ Price
    Souvenir Sheet None 4673727

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