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are printed by companies in China, Australia, France and Holland. Interestingly, more than three quarters of those who collect the stamps are Chinese. Each year, the philately division draws up a list of designs and subjects that are approved by Macao’s Chief Executive for its annual issue plan. Each stamp can cost as little as MOP2.50 and the recent printing quantity of an ordinary issue is 200,000 sets, with 250,000 for those that focus on the Lunar New Year. The two record years for sales were 2015 and 2016, with the CTT’s income from the stamps being MOP370 million and MOP170 million respectively. This was, according to the CTT, because of some heavy spending funds in the Mainland which saw the stamps as ‘excellent investments’. In 2017 and 2018, sales of stamps returned to their normal level of MOP40 million and MOP50 million respectively – in fact the CTT says that ‘average normal sales from philately’ is around the MOP40–50 million mark. Last year, the CTT issued 15 sets of stamps and in September it hosted the ‘Macao 2018 – 35th Asian International Stamp Exhibition’ at The Venetian Macao, attracting 9,000 visitors from across the AsiaPacific region. Many foreign postal administrations, dealers, agents and printers came to the CTT’s booth, with the organisers labelling the entire event – the first one ever held in Macao – a ‘success’. “We mobilised the staff in all our departments,” says Lau. “We invited judges for a competition. We had visitors from Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, the Mainland and elsewhere. Our purpose was not to make money but promote Macao philately.” 78

Among this year’s stamp issues are ones marking the ‘GuangdongHong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area’, which are being issued jointly with Hong Kong and the Mainland on 26 September. Then there will be stamps marking national achievements issued on 1 October for National Day – and, of course, on 20 December, special stamps commemorating the ‘70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China’

and the ‘20th Anniversary of the Reunification of Macao with the Motherland’ are to be issued. For Lau, the stamps are not only an important source of revenue but also works of art, enabling local designers to show their skills. The stamps show many themes – including the ‘65th Macao Grand Prix’, the ‘Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge’, a series of Chinese zodiac stamps and the ‘60th Anniversary of

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GBA, 135th anniversary of the CTT and 70 years since the founding of the PRC celebration stamps out this year

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