This month, two new sets of stamps are issued to commemorate Macau’s historic school building and the 120th anniversary of Banco Nacional Ultramarino (BNU).
The Historic Schools of Macau, to be issued tomorrow, will consist of six stamps denoting Colegio Mateus Ricci Elementary School, Macau Portuguese School, Santa Rosa de Lima Middle School (Chinese section), Lingnan Middle School, Puito Middle School and Puy Chin Middle School. increase. school.
The historic building is the epitome of preservation of Macau’s precious cultural heritage, said Ng Mei Kei, director of commerce at the Postal and Telecommunications Authority (CTT).
Designed by Wong Ho Sang, the collection is priced at MOP25, with the opening day cover priced at MOP31. The album with cover and information leaflet written by Tam Chi Kuong costs MOP32.
Designed by Wilson Qi Ian Lam and released on September 20th, National Bank Ultramarino’s 120th anniversary album consists of a set of four stamps and a commemorative sheet. The stamp design incorporates elements such as the bank’s 120th anniversary logo, the historic headquarters, the pattern of banknotes issued by BNU, and various types of ships. BNU is Macau’s oldest bank and is wholly owned by Lisbon-based bank CGD.
The entire set of four stamps is priced at MOP17, a stamped first day cover sells for MOP23, and a commemorative sheet only stamp for the first day cover is MOP20. Stamps with an information leaflet written by BNU are charged, but an information leaflet with a commemorative sheet costs MOP21.
Asked about Macau’s stamp sales this year, CTT Director Lau Wai Meng said most Macau stamps are sold to mainland Chinese, with the exception of local stamp collectors, stamp dealers and overseas agents. said.
She said that in the past, whenever Macau stamps were issued, stamp collectors from mainland China would come to buy them. However, according to Lau, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, especially during her most recent outbreak, which began on June 18, has led to a significant drop in visitor numbers to Macau, so local stamp sales have been around for quite some time. It remained flat. sale.
Stamp sales in the first half of the year were one-third lower than in the same period last year, with revenue from stamp sales down 40%, Lau said. Last year’s annual stamp revenue was about MOP41 million, she said. Lau said she hoped that with more tourists visiting Macau again in the future, sales would gradually increase and reach last year’s figures, the Macau Post Daily reported.