The Postal Service issued a 37-cent Lunar New Year — Monkey commemorative stamp in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 20 on January 13, 2004, in San Francisco, California. The stamp was designed by Clarence Lee, Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Year of the Monkey is the twelfth stamp in the award-winning Lunar New Year series. The series began in 1992 with the issuance of the Year of the Rooster stamp, followed by stamps for Year of the Dog, Boar, Rat, Ox, Tiger, Hare, Dragon, Snake, Horse, and Ram.
The monkey is the ninth of the twelve animals associated with the Chinese lunar calendar. The Year of the Monkey began on January 22, 2004, and ended February 8, 2005.
Known for their excellent sense of humor, people born during the Year of the Monkey are said to be mischievous and sociable. With their keen intellect, they can easily adapt to new situations.
Sennett Security Products printed 800 million stamps using the gravure process.
Reference: Postal Bulletin (December 11, 2003).
Scott Catalogue USA: 3832
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Museum ID: 2004.2005.40