Asian stamp exhibition welcomes stamp enthusiasts back

April 23rd, 2015 got to know that the 30th Asian International Stamp Exhibition is set to kick off April 24 at Taipei World Trade Center, bringing together rare postage collectibles from 24 Federation of Inter-Asia Philately countries and territories.

Celebrating a return to Taipei City after seven years, the philatelic event is showcasing 1,000 high-value stamps. Eye-catching offerings include five Qing dynasty (1644-1911) red revenue stamps, of which only 32 are known to exist worldwide, as well as the 1894 commemorative issue marking the empress dowager's 60th birthday.

"Postage stamps are a nation's calling card", Minister of Transportation and Communications Chen Jian-yu said. "And stories told by the stamps are often culturally immersive and have a global appeal.

Every philately exhibition seeks to connect stamp enthusiasts, spread knowledge and inspire new ideas, allowing beauty, history and milestone achievements recorded in the tiny square of a stamp to be enjoyed by all".

According to Chen, who doubles as the honorary president of the exhibition, the event is particularly significant as it coincides with the 120th anniversary of organizer Chunghwa Post Co. Ltd. "We expect to breathe new life into this prestigious gathering, advancing cultural and intellectual enrichment while strengthening ties among FIAP members", he added.
Other show highlights include early ROC commemorative, definitive and provisional stamps from Shanghai and Beijing; silver ingots bearing a hallmark of the first Western-style stamp issued in imperial China; and collections of past AISE first-prize winners.

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Asian stamp exhibition welcomes stamp enthusiasts back