On 11 November, in time for the Year of the Rooster, a miniature sheet featuring two roosters will be issued. Created by Swedish stamp engraver and artist Martin Mörck, the miniature sheet is an issue in the Åland Post’s stamp series focusing on the twelve Chinese zodiac animals.
Martin Mörck has played a considerable part in Åland Post’s promotion of Åland stamps on the Asian and Chinese markets. Chinese collectors will be familiar with Martin who has acted as engraving instructor at the Postage Stamp Printing Bureau of China Post Group (PSPB) in Beijing. He also mentored the Chinese engraving students who designed the 2014 miniature sheet featuring Åland sheep, the first issue in the Åland stamp series focusing on the Chinese zodiac signs. This time, Martin has personally created the lovely design showing two roosters in an Åland archipelago setting. Issued in good time for the Year of the Rooster 2017, the Chinese symbols on the miniature sheet translate into Year of the Rooster and were written by Zhen Jia Hong.
The issue features roosters of the Swedish native poultry stock Hedemora, the most common breed in Åland. Originating from Swedish province of Dalarna, it is a stout and hardy breed. Adapting well to Nordic climate, it has a dense and downy plumage. The breed appears in a variety of colour patterns of black, white, blue and wild/wheat.