Mint Stamp Sheet Commemorates
the Year of the Tiger
The third sign in the Chinese Zodiac cycle, the tiger is a courageous fighter that the ancient Chinese believed kept away the three main tragedies of a household – fire, thieves, and ghosts.
In nature, the tiger is powerful and bold, but still noble and willing to share. People born in the year of the tiger are also known to be independent and brave, and also friendly and loving, but short tempered at times. They thrive on attention and power and like to live dangerously, which can lead to trouble. Natural leaders, they also take on the role of protector. Recent years of the tiger have been 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, and 2010.
Tigers are often well-liked and have charming personalities. They are also known to be competitive and can’t pass up a challenge. Tigers generally take pride in being different from others and often display their creativity best in their homes. They’re usually fast learners and need a challenge, so sometimes are known to change jobs frequently.
Career wise, tigers are well-suited as actors, musicians, chauffeurs, racecar drivers, pilots, artists, writers, flight attendants, and office managers.
Famous tigers include Agatha Christie, Cybill Shepherd, Demi Moore, Hillary Swank, Jodie Foster, Marilyn Monroe, Mary Queen of Scots, Penelope Cruz, Queen Elizabeth II, Rosie O’Donnell, and Tom Cruise.
In Chinese culture, the tiger symbolizes the female “Yin” energy. However, ancient Chinese believed the markings on the tiger’s forehead resembled their character for “Wang” or King. In Imperial China, the tiger is the military symbol of the highest supreme commanders in the army representing fearlessness and victory.