On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the first issuance of the Mongolian stamp, the “Year of the Dragon” stamp dedicated to the wooden dragon year of the 17th century named “Khilent ekh” have been put into circulation.
The stamp design features the archeological finding of “a pair of silver dragons”, the first-ever find in Asia with a whole dragon image, which was discovered in Undur-Ulaan soum, Arkhangai province. The year of the dragon represents good health, strength, loyalty, and purity.
The stamp depicts a figure of a dragon sourcing a find from the Hunnu (Xiongnu) period. Archaeologist D. Erdenebaatar proved with his findings that the dragon is the key symbol that our ancestors worshiped.
Previously, numerous stamps that reflected the Year of the Dragon were put into circulation in Mongolia, including a series of stamps “12 signs of the zodiac” issued in 1972 and 1992, the Year of the Iron Dragon called “Tiin Daragch” on January 10, 2000, and the Year of the Water Dragon called “Bayasgalan” issued on January 1, 2012.