#4623 Year of the Dragon 2012 Postage Stamp
Dragons aren't always scary monsters. Consider the colorful creature depicted by the U.S. Postal Service® in its 2012 Year of the Dragon (Forever®) stamp, fifth in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series! The Year of the Dragon begins on January 23, 2012, and ends on February 9, 2013.

Across many cultures, in the United States as elsewhere, the Lunar New Year is celebrated in various ways, often with parades and parties. By tradition, dragons are not feared, but are considered magical or divine — welcome symbols at this time of renewed hope for the future. Performing before delighted crowds, skilled teams of dancers manipulate colorful dragon figures such as the one depicted in the stamp art. Lucky foods are eaten — kumquats, for example (issued in 2011) — and given as gifts. Festive lanterns, colored red for luck (issued in 2008), are common decorations at Lunar New Year celebrations, where they are frequently hung in rows.

Combining original artwork by Kam Mak with two elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year stamps — Clarence Lee's intricate paper-cut design of a dragon and the Chinese character for "Dragon," drawn in grass-style calligraphy by Lau Bun — art director Ethel Kessler has created a culturally rich stamp design that celebrates the diversity of the American experience.

The Celebrating Lunar New Year stamp for the Year of the Dragon is being issued as a Forever stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.
Single ............... $.75
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Digital First Day Cover:
Digital Color Postmark FDC

Honoring an inventive writer best known for the iconic character Tarzan, this #6¾ envelope carries an affixed Edgar Rice Burroughs (Forever®) stamp and a First Day of Issue color postmark.

Notecard Set:
Year of the Dragon Notecard Set of 12
with Pane of stamps

Celebrating Lunar New Year, this gorgeous set includes 12 notecards, 12 coordinating envelopes, and a sheet of 12 Year of the Dragon (Forever®) stamps.

The notecards showcase the vibrant stamp artwork — a colorful dragon figure painted by artist Kam Mak. The envelope flaps are embellished with an Asian pattern, and the entire set is housed in a deep plum and metallic gold keepsake box — easy to store and a handsome gift!

Send a message that's sure to be noticed with these dramatic Year of the Dragon notecards.

Ceremony Program:
Year of the Dragon Ceremony Program

Celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dragon First Day of Issue with an official ceremony program and cover. The full-color, custom-designed program features the First Day Ceremony agenda and participants on one side, with narrative about the stamp design on the reverse.

The program is tucked inside a 9 x 6-inch colorful envelope that has an affixed Year of the Dragon (Forever®) stamp and the official First Day of Issue cancellation, along with a United States Postal Service logo and the type "First Day of Issue Ceremony."

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Year of the Dragon Stamp Deck Cards
These unique and highly collectable Deck Cards are hard to come by. Only received when you purchase bricks of stamps. Typically one for every 100 panes there is one of these Stamp Deck Cards. These cards are used as part of inventorying bricks of stamps to be sure no panes or booklets are missing. A fantastic item to add to your stamp collection. Items are limited, and we will increase inventory as we add more items here.
A Year of the Dragon (Forever®) stamp has been affixed to this Stamp Deck Card and cancelled with an official First Day of Issue color postmark to celebrate the Chinese lunar calendar.

The vibrant stamp artwork, painted by Kam Mak, features a colorful dragon head based on a photograph by the artist. A twisting Chinese dragon dominates the color postmark design, which includes the date and location of issue: January 23, 2012, San Francisco, CA 94188.