MACAU. ATM issues 2019

2019, the Lunar Year of the Pig (Ano Lunar do Porco)

The 'Lunar Year of the Pig' design is the seventh in the series of annual ATM issues first released in 2013 dedicated to the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac.

The new issue was available from January 10th 2019. As in previous years, this issue complements a set of four 'traditional' stamps, one souvenir sheet and a domestic post paid card, dedicated to the same subject and issued on January 5th and 8th, respectively.
Based on the lunar calendar, the Year of the Earth Pig started on February 5th 2019, and will end on January 24th 2020.

The design is by the local artist Anita Fung Pou Chu.
The rolls of labels were manufactured by the Dutch company Joh. Enschedé Security Print, using gummed paper with security fibres. The issue's information is micro printed at the bottom of the labels. Bottom left we find the name of the designer (ANITA, FUNG POU CHU des.). At lower right, there is the reference number of the issue and the stamp (S241 1/1), and then comes the manufacturer and year (JES Imp. 2019). Every 5th label has a 4-digit number preprinted on the back to indicate the number of labels remaining on the roll.
The total printing run for this design was one million labels.

Following the line begun at the Macao 2018 stamp exhibition (see article, also published in VARIABLE 50), the new 'postage label' was available from stamp vending machines installed in three locations only; the main post office in Largo do Senado (right image), the Museu das Comunicações, and the Almirante Lacerda branch. This was to facilitate access of the new issue to collectors and also to simplify maintenance procedures.
In addition, and as on previous occasions, CTT had an access limit of 10 minutes per person per machine.
In the same vein, during the first day of sale, the philatelic service set limits on the sale of the associated philatelic products

At the end of 2018, Correios de Macau replaced most of the Klüssendorf and Nagler vending machines integrated within the postal company's kiosks in public areas, with the new Newvision equipment (see article). However, some of the Nagler machines which had been removed were reinstalled in the hall of the main post office and in the Communications museum, and will remain in operation for a few more years, mainly for philatelists/collectors.

In January 2019, CTT had six stamp vending machines installed in the main post office. From left to right, two Newvision Elite kiosks, one Klüssendorf 631, one Nagler 714, and two Nagler 104s.
The Museu das Comunicações (right and images below)also had six machines in operation, two Nagler 104s, one Newvision Elite, two Nagler 714s, and one Klüssendorf 631.

Finally, in the access area to the Almirante Lacerda post office, which already had a Nagler 104 machine, they added a new Newvision Prestige wall mounted kiosk (images below).

Therefore, with all the different stamp vending machines installed on the date of issue, the new design could be obtained with three printing varieties; Klüssendorf, Nagler and Newvision. In all cases, the model and the status of the print cartridges used by the machines results in the issue of stamps with face values printed in different shades of black ink.

The Klüssendorf 631 kiosks have twelve programmed values ​​- 2.0 (basic domestic rate), 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 8.0, 10.0, 12.0, 30.0 & 50.0 patacas. Payment is only possible with coins.

Special first day postmark and first day cover
The philatelic service sold four-value sets, first day covers (right) and information brochures. All the stamps used in these philatelic items are printed with the back-office desktop Klüssendorf printers.

The Nagler N104 vending machines (below, left) are programmed with six different values - 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, 4.5, 8.0 & 12.0, plus customers were also able to obtain stamps with two 'residual' values, 0.5 & 1.0 patacas, automatically printed by the machine when coins are inserted for a higher value than the requested stamp value.
The Nagler N714 machines (below, right) have seven programmed values - 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, 4.5, 5.0, 8.0 & 12.0 patacas, and do not issue 'residual' values.
Both machines accept coin payments only.

Finally, the new Newvision Elite and Prestige postal kiosks offer the direct purchase of stamps with the same twelve values ​​programmed in Klüssendorf kiosks - 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 8.0, 10.0, 12.0, 30.0 & 50.0 patacas.
Unlike the Klüssendorf and Nagler equipment, where the the face value is always printed in a 4 or 3-digit format, respectively, Newvision kiosks always print a security asterisk in front of the face value, which can consequently have 3 or 4 digits.

Payment can be made with coins or with the Macau Pass, a local contactless prepaid card. After the operation, the machine issues a receipt printed on thermal paper (right image, full twelve-value set).

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