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Flower stamp issue to mark ROC centennial

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff Reporter

Chunghwa Post will launch a second edition of its National Flower Postage Stamps on Double Ten National Day.

Chunghwa said it decided to publish the stamps again in observance of the Republic of China’s centennial. The first edition of the stamps was printed in 1979.

Chunghwa Post spokeswoman Chen Shu-jen (陳淑貞) said the stamps were produced using a combination of lithography and engraving methods. Lithography was used to print the two plum blossoms in full bloom on the right side of the stamp, as well as the golden frames of the graphic, while the golden plum blossoms on the left side, the branches and the postage were engraved, Chen said.

Chen said the postage on the stamp was NT$100 and that both the number “100” and the Chinese characters for it would be printed using discoloration ink, an anti-counterfeit technique commonly used to print banknotes.

The Central Engraving and Printing Plant, which is in charge of printing banknotes, postage stamps and other important government documents, had conducted many experiments before it succeeded in combining the two lithography and engraving, Chen said.

“The plant had to overcome some technical difficulties, which is why the cost of printing was so high,” Chen said. “We hope stamp collectors will love them.”

Each set contains two National Flower Stamps, Chen said, and will be available for purchase on Oct. 10 at 32 post offices nationwide from 8am to 12pm.

The Postal Museum, at the intersection of Chungching South Road and Nanahai Rd in Taipei, will be open from 9am to 5pm on Double Ten National Day as well.

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