January 10, 2019
It’s January 10, 2019, and we’re still in the year of the Dog, but the Year of the Pig (2019) will start on February 5, 2019. People born on or after this day and before the next Chinese New Year—January 24, 2020—will have pig as their Chinese zodiac sign.
If you were born in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, or 2019, you are considered a “pig” unless your birthday is in January or February before the lunar new year of that year; and in that case, you’re a “dog!” ;-)
To mark the Year of the Pig, here are our top 5 recommended products for celebrating.
The Royal Canadian Mint’s Pure Gold or Silver Year of the Pig Coins (2019) (link)
These coins are a little pricey and not necessarily the best value from a purely money collector’s point of view, but they’re very beautiful and are a one-of-a-kind gift. The character on the coins, 豬 or 猪 (zhū), means pig.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Lucky Money Collection: The Year of the Pig 2019 (link)
This item already sold out before I had a chance to tell you about it. This is an uncirculated $1 Federal Reserve note with a serial number beginning with “8888.” It is sold for $5.95. The first day of sale was December 18 and it’s already sold out. Normally if it’s sold out, you can buy the “8888” $1 Fortune Note instead. It doesn’t come with the Year of the Pig 2019 red folder. But, that’s sold out as well! There is no mintage limit for the later item, so maybe more will be available in the future.
Starbucks 2019 Year of the Pig Gift Card
The Lunar New Year Starbucks Card comes with a special red envelope with “2019” in gold foil. No Chinese characters at all this year. Last year I wrote that I wish they used traditional Chinese characters, the norm in Chinese communities in North America, instead of the simplified. The card is essentially “free” because you can buy the gift card and transfer money back to your Starbucks account, but people are selling this card—with zero balance—on eBay for up to $3 already!
Good Characters Year of the Pig 2019 Bookmark
Not to toot our own horn too much, but we also wanted to mention our product, which is an elaborate and substantial wooden bookmark with the phrase, 諸事大吉 (zhū shì dà jí, pronounced joo shr dah jee), which means everything will be great. 諸事 means everything. 大吉 means extremely lucky. 諸 (zhū) also has the same pronunciation as the word for pig, 豬 (zhū). Wishing you a great Year of the Pig 2019!
Size: 5.9” x 2” x 1/8”. Designed and engraved by Good Characters in Central California, USA for the Year of the Pig 2019. Sustainable Pacific Coast Maple hardwood from the Cascade Mountains in the Pacific Northwest. Exclusively at goodcharacters.com
USPS Year of the Boar Stamp (link)
To Be Issued on January 17: This stamp features bright pink peach blossoms in the center and on the left an intricate cut-paper design of a boar and the Chinese character for pig, 豬 (zhū), drawn in grass-style calligraphy. If you’re a procrastinator and missed the Christmas and New Year dates, here’s your chance to buy the stamp and mail lunar New Year’s greetings before mid-February!
Which one do you like best?
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