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People’s Republic of China

15 May 2020

Ancient Civilizations (Series I)

People’s Republic of China: Ancient Civilizations (Series I), 15 May 2020. Images from China Post.

Press Release:

China Post is scheduled to issue a set of 6 special stamps for “Asian Civilization (I) ” on May 15, 2020. Details are as follows:
Number: 2020-8
Figure Number Face Value
(6-1) T Ulta Temple $1.20
(6-2) T Flood Mud Board $1.20
(6-3) T. Halappa Seal 1.20 yuan
(6-4) T Mohenzo Darrow Ruins $1.20
(6-5) T Liangyu 1.20 yuan
(6-6) T Stone Site $1.20
Stamp specifications: one, four, six, 44 x 30 mm 2, 3, 5, 30 x 44 mm
Hole degrees: one, four, six, 13 degrees, two, three, five, 13.5 degrees
The total number of pieces: 12 (1, 2, 6 pieces/sheet s; 6 pieces/sheets for three and four charts; 6 pieces/sheets for five and six charts)

Full specification: 120 x 228 mm
Edition: Glue-carved cover print
Anti-counterfeiting method: anti-counterfeiting paper anti-counterfeiting ink special hole fluorescent spray code
Designed by: Original Yishan
Carving by: The original Yishan
Responsible Editor: Li Jinwei
Printing Factory: Beijing Stamp Factory
Planned release: 7.2 million units
Sales method: from the date of issue, in the philatelic network hall (, China Post mobile phone client and China Post Micro Post post collection wechat mall for sale, june 10 in the country designated postal outlets for sale, for a period of 6 months.

China Post Group Co., Ltd.
May 13, 2020

Ulta Temple:

Flood Mud Board:

Halappa Seal:

Mohenzo Darrow Ruins:


Stone Site:


China Post is scheduled to issue a set of six special stamps for “Asian Civilization (I) ” on May 15, 2020. The name of the stamp pattern is: Ulta Temple, Flood Mud Board, Halapa Seal, Mohenzo Darrow Ruins, Liangyu Jade, Andisher. The full set of stamps has a face value of $7.20.

Asia is one of the earliest settlements of mankind and an important birthplace of human civilization. Asia is a big place, mountains and rivers beautiful, in one third of the world’s land is home to two-thirds of the world’s population, 47 countries, more than 1000 ethnic groups. Since thousands of BC, people living in the Tigris-Euphrates, Indus-Gang, Yellow and Yangtze rivers have been cultivating irrigation, casting vessels and building homes. Generation after generation of Asian ancestors through the years of baptism, the generation of life practice carved into a long history, accumulated into a deep civilization.

The brilliant Asian civilization has written a rich and colorful chapter for the history of the development of world civilization, and human civilization has become more colorful in Asia. The six stamps selected the representative sites and cultural relics of ancient civilizations in the Tigris-Euphrates River, indus-Ganges River, Yellow River-Yangtze River and other basins.

The Temple of Ulta, listed in the World Heritage List in 2016 – Akhwal, southern Iraq, an eco-diversity refuge and a landscape of the city of Mesopotamia. Aherwall is made up of seven sites, including the ruins of The city of Ur. The ancient city of Ur was built more than 6,000 years ago by the Sumele people and is one of the earliest cities in the world. Flood mud, one of the treasures of the British Museum’s town hall, chronicles the story of the flood in the Gilgames epic, almost in line with the story of Noah’s Ark, discovered by British archaeologists in 1849 in the ancient Ninenive of the Assyrian Empire. Mudboards are written in cuneiform, one of the earliest in human history. Halapa seal, the Indus River basin unearthed a large number of animal image seals, seal materials for frozen stone, clay, ivory and copper, to freeze stone in the largest number. One of the more famous seals, found near Halapa in the Indus Valley, is approximately square, the size of a modern stamp, engraved with a unicorn image based on a cow’s body. The site of Mohenzo Darrow, located in Pakistan, was added to the World Heritage List in 1980. Built around 2600 BC, it is an important city of indi-basin civilization, known as “the metropolis of the ancient Indus Valley civilization”. Liangyu, the ruins of the ancient city of Liangyu, is located in the Yuhang district of Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, and will be listed in the World Heritage List in 2019. The site of the late Neolithic period, dating from 3300 BC to 2300 BC. The ruins of the ancient city of Liangyu are the example of the early urban civilization of mankind, which is an example of the history of Chinese civilization for more than five thousand years. The site of Shiji, located in Shenmu County, Shaolin City, Shaanxi Province, was included in the “Preparation List of China’s World Cultural Heritage” in 2019. It is a relic from the late Neolithic period to the early Bronze Age, about 4000 years ago. The site of Shitou is a window to explore the origin of Chinese civilization.

The main body of the stamp screen is prominent, the level is clear, the overall appearance is simple and atmospheric. The first figure takes the Temple of Ulta as the main body of the picture, the background shows the Urta Temple from different angles, the second picture takes the flood mud board as the main body of the picture, the background shows the wedge text of the partial flood mud plate, the third picture shows the shadow pattern on the back of the seal with the front, and the fourth picture shows the appearance of the Mohenzo Darrow site, the main body and the background form the natural transition through the light color. The picture takes the jade as the main body, the background shows the beautiful local decoration and shape of the jade, the sixth picture shows the overall shape of the stone stone site, the picture subject and background through the color of the profound change to form a natural transition, highlighting the main structure of the site.

The set of stamps by the original Yishan design, Beijing stamp factory rubber engraving printing process. (China Post Group Co., Ltd. Postal Business Department)

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