Liechtenstein post issued an attractive “Year of the snake” stamp to express friendly relations between the Principality of Liechtenstein and the People’s Republic of China. This year’s stamp focuses on the official sign of the zodiac for the current Chinese year: the “Snake” (face value CHF 1.90).
The Year of the Snake begins on 10th February 2013 and lasts until 30th January 2014. Again it is being issued in the form of a silhouette produced using state-of-the-art laser technology. This time however the sheetlet, which bears four stamps, is not in portrait but in landscape format. This is principally because there is on the sheet an illustration and an inscription in Chinese characters referring to the in China very popular “Legend of the white snake”.
In this legend two 1000-year-old snakes, one white and one green, transform themselves into two beautiful women in order to live on earth as humans. Bai Suzhen (the white snake) falls in love with the apothecary Xu Xian and they marry.
Unfortunately however their wedded bliss is severely tested by the intrigues of the monk Fa Hai, who knows that Bai Suzhen is an evil serpent. Eventually Xiao Qing (the green snake) succeeds in vanquishing the evil monk.
People born in the Year of the Snake are reputed to be thoughtful and wise and to approach problems rationally and logically, seldom instinctively.
They have a sure touch in money matters but are also inclined to be greedy and somewhat egoistical. But they readily help others less successful than they.
People born in the Year of the Snake are reputed to be thoughtful and wise and to approach problems rationally and logically, seldom instinctively. Such people are complex beings, they are clever and men of few words from their birth. Their business is always going well, but they are stingy very often. They are sometimes egoistic and conceited. However they can be very active in their friends’ life. They are often too active, not believing other people and relying only on themselves.
Title: Year of the snake – Liechtenstein
Date of Issue: 12 November 2012
Denominations: CHF 1.90