11 May 2020
Dedication to Fight the Pandemic
China Post Number: Special 11-2020
Release Date: 2020-05-11
(2-1) The City of All Wills RMB 1.20
(2-2) Fighting the epidemic RMB 1.20
Product number: 2205763
Sales time: 2020-05-11 08:00:00 to 2020-11-10 16:00:00
Stamp size: 36 × 36 mm
Number of stamps per sheet: 16 (8 pairs)
Size of Sheet: 185 × 216 mm
Anti-counterfeiting methods: anti-counterfeiting paper, anti-counterfeiting ink, special-shaped perforations, fluorescent coding
Designed by: Wang Huming, Liu Xiangping
Hemming Designer: Wang Huming
Editor-in-chief: Li Kexin
Printer: Beijing Stamp Factory
Quantity: 12.5 million sets
Originally scheduled for release on 7 April 2020, the redesigned stamps will now be issued on Monday, 11 May 2020. Single stamps, presentation packs, and first day covers can be ordered directly from China Post.
Official press release for the revised stamps (machine-translated):
China Post is scheduled to issue a set of 2 stamps of “Strike Together Against the Epidemic” on May 11, 2020. Details are as follows:
Symbol: Special 11-2020
Picture order Picture name Face value
(2-1) Unanimous aspirations 1.20 yuan
(2-2) Fight against the epidemic 1.20 yuan
Stamp specifications: 36 × 36 mm
Perforation degree: 13.5 degrees
Total number of pieces: 16 pieces (including tickets, 8 sets)
Full size: 185 × 216 mm
Anti-counterfeiting method: anti-counterfeiting paper anti-counterfeiting ink special-shaped perforated fluorescent inkjet
Designer: Wang Huming, Liu Xiangping
Trim designer: Wang Huming
Editor in charge: Li Kexin
Printing Factory: Beijing Stamp Factory
Number of planned releases: 14.5 million sets
Sales method: from the date of issuance, it will be sold in designated post offices, philately network halls (https://jiyou.11185.cn), China Post mobile client and China Post Micro Post Office Philatelic WeChat Mall, the sale period is 6 months .
China Post will make the first day cover and postal folds to give medical workers on the front line to fight the epidemic, and at the same time, the income from stamps and postage products will be donated for the fight against the epidemic.
China Post is scheduled to issue a set of 2 stamps of “Zhongzhichengcheng to fight the epidemic” on May 11, 2020. The stamp designations are: “Zhongzhichengcheng to fight the epidemic”. The full set of stamps has a face value of 2.40 yuan. The planned number of issuance is 14.5 million.
In the face of the sudden new outbreak of new pneumonia, under the strong leadership of the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, the Chinese government and the Chinese people are not afraid of hardships and dangers, and always put people’s lives and health in the first place. The general requirements for scientific prevention and precise policy implementation have started a people’s war against the epidemic, a general war, and a war of resistance. Through the hard work of the whole country and the broad masses of the people, the epidemic prevention and control has achieved important and periodic results.
Major infectious diseases are the common enemy of mankind. We firmly believe that as long as we work together and help each other, we will be able to overcome the epidemic and usher in a better tomorrow for human development.
The set of stamps is in the form of a series of votes. The word “Public” in the stamp design connects the two stamps closely, which means that in the face of major public health events, under the strong leadership of the Party Central Committee, the country has gathered a strong force to fight against the epidemic . The design to eliminate the new crown pneumonia (COVID-19) is placed under the word “People”, which further strengthens the visual effect of defeating the epidemic, implying the determination of the people across the country to overcome the epidemic and the important results achieved in stages.
The first picture focuses on the group image of the PLA commanders, medical staff, scientific research workers, community workers, people’s police, volunteers, etc. In the distant perspective, it depicts the epidemiological survey of the disease control personnel, volunteers and courier brothers Carry out epidemic prevention and daily life material distribution scenes. The top of the screen outlines urban buildings and rural scenes, reflecting the participation of urban and rural people in prevention and control, and further highlighting the theme of national anti-epidemic. At the same time, the figure also designed planes, ships, trucks, high-speed rails and other elements, showing the touching scenes across the country including overseas aid to Hubei and Wuhan.
The second picture, with the image of a clenched fist and a resolute medical worker as the main body, is decorated with rescue scenes, retrograde support backs, square cabin hospitals, etc., depicting the medical staff’s fear of hardship and danger, life-saving, medical care, love Noble spirits without borders. The landmark design of the Yellow Crane Tower shows that Wuhan, a heroic city, consciously obeyed the needs of the epidemic prevention and control, dared to resist the hardships and perseverance, and actively participated in the epidemic prevention and control struggle to make a major contribution. Win is a national victory. The “AI” and other technological elements in the picture imply the important role played by science and technology in epidemic prevention.
The set of stamps was designed by Wang Huming and Liu Xiangping, and printed by the Beijing Stamp Factory’s photocopying process. (Postal Business Department of China Post Group Co., Ltd.)
On 31 March 2020, China Press issued a press release announcing a stamp issue to honor those fighting against the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, to be issued on 7 April 2020. A machine-translation of the press release follows:
“In December 2019, a pneumonia epidemic of a new type of coronavirus infection occurred in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Under the strong leadership of the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core, the Chinese government and the Chinese people are not afraid of danger and always put people’s lives and health in good health. First, in accordance with the general requirements of firm confidence, mutual help, scientific prevention, and precise policy, adherence to national mobilization, joint prevention and control, openness and transparency, and started a people’s war against the epidemic. Thanks to the arduous efforts of the whole country and the broad masses of the people, the epidemic prevention and control has achieved important results in stages, and the economic and social order has been restored. China Post is scheduled to issue a special set of 2 stamps of “Dedication to Fight the Epidemic” on April 7.
Due to the epidemic situation, this sale adopts all online sales, offline designated pick-up or delivery methods. Online sale URL: Philatelic Network Hall (https://jiyou.11185.cn), China Post mobile client and China Post Wechat Office Philatelic WeChat Mall. Sale period is 6 months.
China Post will produce first-day covers and postbooks to give medical workers on the front line of the fight against the epidemic, and at the same time, the proceeds of stamps and stamp products will be donated to fight the epidemic.“
China Post Group Co., Ltd.
March 31, 2020
A release dedicated to the medical personnel had been rumored early in March and several initial design proposals appeared online on social media and stamp collector forums. This was widely taken on non-Chinese platforms as an actual upcoming release, bolstered by the addition of a first day cover and cancellation mock-up. Some stories mentioned that the stamps would be issued sometime in April.
When the press announced the release of a COVID-19 stamp by the Islamic Republic of Iran on 17 March, the reports often touted this as the “first known” such stamp. Around the same time, Chinese collectors were correcting the information that the images being shared were just one of several possible designs being considered. It was considered an unpopular design at that.
On 23 March, Vietnam Post announced they would issue a pair of COVID-19 stamps on 31 March. By this time, a second design proposal for China’s stamp began appearing in a few social media posts. Not long after, several blogs mentioned that stamps relating to the pandemic had already been released by China, Iran, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka. A design was posted by an Indian stamp dealer purporting to be the Sri Lankan release but it is still unknown when, or if, this stamp will actually be issued. A miniature sheet of three stamps has also appeared online from Liechtenstein. However, this is a personalized sheet known as a Briefmarkenblock created by a collector or dealer through a service by dieMarke.li. While valid for postal use, these are not an official Liechtenstein Post release.
The initial mention I saw on 31 March that China Post had officially announced the stamps they have titled “Dedication to the Fight Against the Pandemic” mentioned that this would be an extremely limited release and was intended mainly as a gift to medical and other personnel on the front lines against the coronavirus. The post said that very few would be sold to the general public. However, the official press release clearly states several different methods for collectors to obtain the stamps, both online and offline methods, and that first day covers and “postbooks” would be given to medical personnel. Proceeds from the sale of stamps and other philatelic products will be donated to the fight against COVID-19. The print run for this release is 12,500,000 pairs of the stamps.
On 4 April 2020, it was announced that the issue had been postponed due to problems with the design. Please see my “Postponed” article for details on what some of those complaints were.
Late on the afternoon of Wednesday, 6 May 2020 — one of the largest Buddhist holidays in China and elsewhere in the region — a brief announcement was made that the redesigned “Fight Against the Pandemic” stamps would be issued on Monday, 11 May, with ceremonies in Wuhan.
It did not take long before collectors in China began pointing out the differences between the earlier design and the new one:
A set of metered stamps were also scheduled for release on 7 April but postponed as well. Presumably, these will appear on 11 May as well.