Japan 2011 Definitives (redrawn designs)

From Stamps of the World

  • Issue date: January, 2011
  • six values
  • Designed by:
  • Printed by:
  • Print process: gravure
  • stamp format height 26mm x width 21½mm
  • Perforations: 12.9 x 13.2
  • Notes. No fixed issue date...released to post offices and postal outlets as postal requirements dictate
  • All values previously issued; the 2011 printing has revised inscriptions and other layout changes


summary of changes in designs (not comprehensive, subject to re-evaluation) compared to previous issues of these designs

  • 1y ~ 1y has seriph hook on top; NIPPON is larger and repositioned; addition of brown frame line across top of design
  • 3y ~ figure of value wider with round top; NIPPON is larger and repositioned; colour shade
  • 5y ~ NIPPON is larger; figure of value is wider (and vertically compressed
  • 100y ~ 1 in figure of value has seriph hook on top; the '100' is centred above NIPPON (previously left aligned); removal of the left and right side purple frame lines (previously with purple frame on all four sides)
  • 200y ~ NIPPON is larger, figure of value slightly more elongated and repositioned to align with foot of statute
  • 500y ~ figure of value 500 is 7½mm wide, NIPPON is larger, green frame lines added at top and base


Sheet stamps[edit]

  • sheets of 100


1y ~ Baron Hisoka Maejima, 1835-1919, founder of Japanese postal system, government minister, entrepreneur. Bistre-brown
3y ~ Japanese small cuckoo, Cuculus poliocephalus poliocephalus. Bright green
5y ~ mute swan, Cygnus cygnus. Deep blue
100y ~ silver crane from Kasuga Taisha (shinto shrine), Nara. Ultramarine, pale blue and black
200y ~ haniwa warrior (terracotta funerary sculpture, 6th century AD). Bright orange
500y ~ head of Bazara (Meikira), one of the sculpture series Twelve Heavenly Generals of mid 8th century, in Shinjakushi temple, Nara. Portrait facing right. Deep green


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