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2020 50c Lunar Year of the Rat Gold Foil Postmark Prestige Medallion & Stamp Cover PNC

2020-50-RAT-PREST-MED

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2020 50c Lunar Year of the Rat Gold Foil Prestige Medallion & Stamp Cover PNC

- Perth Mint Issue

- 50c Year of the Rat Coin

- Post Mark in Gold Foil

- Mintage 888

- Protective Cover

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2020 50c Lunar Year of the Rat Gold Foil Prestige Medallion & Stamp Cover PNC

Lunar New Year, also called the Spring Festival in China, is the most important of the traditional festivals celebrated by Asian cultures throughout the world.

It is a time to finish unfinished business, settle debts and bury differences, so the New Year can be started with a clean slate.

New Year celebrations center on the family and family reunion. Incense is burned for ancestors and special food is prepared. Friends visit each other with presents, and cards are exchanged.

Gifts of money wrapped in lucky red paper envelopes are distributed widely.

The Chinese zodiac is made up of a 12-year cycle, and Chinese animal signs are used for dating the years.

According to the lunar calendar, the year begins somewhere towards the end of January or early February.

The recurring animal cycle is Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat (or Sheep), Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

The forthcoming Year of the Rat begins on 25 January 2020.

The clever Rat is the first of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac.

According to the traditional story, the order of the calendar was determined by the Jade Emperor's race. This race included a river crossing, and while the cunning Rat could not swim, he managed to traverse the rier on the back of the Ox, who was an efficient swimmer. Just before the Ox reached the opposite bank, the Rat leapt off to take first place.

The Rat symbolizes good luck and wealth.

Those born in the Year of the Rat are said to be imaginative, generous, quick-tempered and intelligent. Rat years over the last century were 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 and 2008.

This limited edition postal numismatic cover features two 50-cent stamps from the 2008 stamp issue, designed by Dani Poon.

Affixed to the envelope are two 50c official Australia Post stamps. The stamps are postmarked in gold foil for the first day of issue and the envelope includes Australia Post's Seal of Authenticity.

Postmarked First Day of Issue 1 November 2019 Christmas Island WA 6798.

Denomination :       50c

Finish :                   Uncirculated

Metal :                    Cupro Nickel

Diameter :              31.51 mm

Weight :                 15.37 gms

Authenticity :          Australia Post Seal of Authenticity

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2020 50c Lunar Year of the Rat Gold Foil Postmark Prestige Medallion & Stamp Cover PNC

2020 50c Lunar Year of the Rat Gold Foil Postmark Prestige Medallion & Stamp Cover PNC

2020 50c Lunar Year of the Rat Gold Foil Prestige Medallion & Stamp Cover PNC

- Perth Mint Issue

- 50c Year of the Rat Coin

- Post Mark in Gold Foil

- Mintage 888

- Protective Cover

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