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This two-part collection starts with the new 2016 $8 Tiger and Dragon Yin and Yang fine silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, which is based on the historic "cash" coins of China introduced over 2000 years ago. These coins had a square hole in the centre (like the new Yin and Yang coin), that allowed quantities to be strung together for payments of large amounts. The second part of the collection is a spectacular award-winning "Gates of China" collector book issued by Canada Post and filled with Chinese themed collector stamps. Also included in the book is a set of two original genuine Chinese bronze cash coins. One of these dates back about 1,000 years to the era of the Song Dynasty, while the second "newer" coin dates back about 200 years to the era of the Qing Dynasty. Enjoy both together as an amazing themed collection!
$8 Fine Silver Tiger and Dragon - Yin and Yang:
The front design, by Canadian artist Charles Vinh, features a tiger and a dragon locked in their ancient battle positions, as they struggle for dominance—equal and opposing forces, yin and yang. Above the square hole in the coin is a stylized yin yang symbol, surrounded by flames. To the left of the image is the tiger with its back to the viewer. Its head is turned toward the dragon as it crawls in typical defensive stance. To the right is a dragon, presented in profile, facing the tiger to its left. Its scale-covered body coils, ready to attack with its claws raised.
The back design, also by Canadian artist Charles Vinh, features two phoenixes that flank each side of the square hole. Above and in the centre is the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susan Blunt. On each side of the effigy is stylized scroll work, which also continues on the bottom half of the coin.
Gates of China Limited Edition Collector Set:
This set highlights eight gates of Chinatown across Canada, where traditionally wood or stone gates, known as paifang in Mandarin, were originally used to separate subdivisions in Chinese cities. Eventually, these gates lost that role and their doors, but remained as monuments. This collection includes a numbered and imperforated pane of eight stamps, a regular pane of eight stamps, die cut in the shape of early Chinese coins, complete with a centre hole, a 200-year-old Qing Dynasty coin and a 1,000-year-old Song Dynasty coin, like the ancient coins embedded in many of the gates. A 16-page full-colour booklet with a history of the origins of these gates and a description of each Canadian gate in three languages is included.
• $8 2016 Fine Silver Tiger & Dragon - Yin & Yang
• The Gates of China Limited Edition Collector Set