Definitive stamp (50 yen)

A definitive stamp for postcards in Japan is 50 yen, a mandarin duck.

This stamp has interesting perforation. Center one is not circle, but ellipse. This perforation comes in just these days(from about January, 2010), so you can see both normal perforation and ellipse perforation now.

Stamps of Mandarin duck appeared in 2007. Previous definitive stamps(50 yen) was Mejiro.

In Japanese, メジロ(Mejiro) means “the white eye”. Yes, their eyes have white fringe.
I prefer this Mejiro rather than current mandarin duck. This Mejiro is pretty simple and fancy, isn’t it?

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  • alfanje  On February 23, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Just got a postcard with this stamp on it. I was wondering if it was a mandarin duck or not as I came across one last summer (they’re not so common here in Ireland). Thanks for letting me know!

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