Limited Edition Collector's Set: Chinatown Gates

Limited Edition Collector's Set: Chinatown Gates

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Limited Edition Collector's Set: Chinatown Gates

$88.88 CAD
Mintage: While Supplies Last
Canada and US only

Be transported into Canada's vibrant Chinatown communities with this limited edition collector's set! Order today!

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. In Canada today, these gates are often the most visible representation of Chinatown in our cities, symbolic of cooperation between various levels of Canadian and Chinese governments, businesses, and citizens. In this series, Canada Post highlights eight gates of Chinatown across the country.

Celebrate a rich heritage with this gorgeous limited edition collector's set! Order today!

Each stunning set includes:
  • EXCLUSIVE TO THIS SET! A numbered and imperforated pane of 8 stamps!
  • A regular pane of 8 stamps, die cut in the shape of early Chinese coins, complete with 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 English, French and Chinese.
  • A certificate of authenticity.
  • A red leather-like folder traditionally embossed with a detailed image of a well-known gate in China.

About the stamps:

The domestic-rate PERMANENT™ stamps in this collector's set are part of Canada Post's new series dedicated to gates of Chinatown.

  • Victoria's Gate of Harmonious Interest, built in 1981, stands in the heart of Canada's first Chinatown. The gate blends traditional and symbolic elements and features hand-carved stone lions from Victoria's sister city, Suzhou. One pillar commemorates Chinese Canadians who fought and died in World War II.
  • Vancouver's Millennium Gate, built in 2002, was inspired by the Inner City Gates of 19th and 20th century Beijing. It combines Eastern and Western designs to represent the past and future of the community.
  • The Chinatown Gate in Edmonton benefited from the expertise of Chinese architects and craftsmanship from the sister city of Harbin. Built in 1987, the gate features traditional Chinese motifs, colours, decorative tiles and ornate lighting.
  • Founded in 1909, Winnipeg's Chinatown is one of Canada's older Chinese communities. The gate, built in 1987, is a pedestrian overpass that connects and complements the Dynasty and Mandarin buildings.
  • Located at the entrance to the Mississauga Chinese Centre, this city's timber gate was constructed solely with traditional wooden studs. Cooperation between China and Canada is demonstrated in the government support and construction expertise that made this gate possible.
  • Toronto's Zhong Hua Men Archway, standing at Gerrard East and Hamilton Streets in Toronto's Chinatown East, was built thanks to many Canadian and Chinese partners. The gate honours Chinese Canadian settlers, particularly those who laboured on the transcontinental railway.
  • Built in 2010, the Ottawa Chinatown Gateway, featuring nine roofs, is a royal Chinese arch that can only be built in capital cities. The gate has good-luck symbols embedded within, including five Chinese coins, one of which is at least 1,000 years old!
  • Montréal's Chinatown actually has four gates—North, South, East and West. The North and South gates span St. Laurent Boulevard, while the smaller East and West gates mark pedestrian walkways. The North Gate on the stamp was built in 1999.
  • For this series of stamps, 8 illustrators across the country took to their communities to create watercolour paintings of the gates. Stamp designer Hélène L'Heureux of Interaction/design then used these renderings to create unique stamps that work together as a set.
  • The artists highlighted the most important angle of the gate for their community, which gives each stamp a truly local feel.


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Limited Edition Collector's Set: Chinatown Gates
 
4.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

  • Detailed (4)
  • Displays well (4)
  • Authentic (3)
  • Mint condition (3)

Cons

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  • Memorabilia (5)
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5.0

A piece of our history

By Spike

from Montreal Que.

About Me Collector, Grandparent

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Detailed
  • Displays Well
  • Mint Condition

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Hobby
    • Memorabilia

    Comments about Limited Edition Collector's Set: Chinatown Gates:

    Excellent for a collection and also as a gift.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Chinese presence

    By Spike

    from Montreal Que.

    About Me Collector

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Detailed
    • Displays Well
    • Mint Condition

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Hobby
      • Memorabilia

      Comments about Limited Edition Collector's Set: Chinatown Gates:

      Great addition to a collection and would make an excellent gift. Well presented and very informative.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      1.0

      Disapponted

      By beat in Flushing

      from Queens, NY

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Not Detailed

        Best Uses

          Comments about Limited Edition Collector's Set: Chinatown Gates:

          It just did not appear very professional

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          A Unique Treasure

          By Wanderer

          from Toronto, Canada

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Authentic
          • Detailed
          • Displays Well

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Hobby
            • Memorabilia

            Comments about Limited Edition Collector's Set: Chinatown Gates:

            Very unusual offering from the Royal Canadian Mint. Over time I've collected coins and stamps that interest me or have personal significance.

            I have travelled to parts of China. This is an interesting and well-received addition to my collection

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            as always great presentation

            By Woofy

            from Sask

            About Me Collector

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Authentic
            • Detailed
            • Displays Well

            Cons

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              • Hobby
              • Memorabilia

              Comments about Limited Edition Collector's Set: Chinatown Gates:

              Nice

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Not sure it's worth the price

              By Fair reviewer

              from Toronto

              About Me Education Oriented, Parent of Two or More Children

              Pros

              • Authentic
              • Mint Condition

              Cons

              • Not Detailed

              Best Uses

              • Lifetime
              • Memorabilia

              Comments about Limited Edition Collector's Set: Chinatown Gates:

              The stamps are not special.
              The coins are rudimentary but clean and appear authentic but who knows? The issue is I am not sure about the rarity of those coins.
              The presentation is so so. The pages of pictures of the gates are difficult to flip and may cause damage to the pictures.
              I bought and won't return but I am not sure if it's worth the price.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              • Q:

                What is the mintage number
                Asked on 4/23/2016 by Kevlar

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Hi Kevlar,

                  Only 8,888 sets were produced.

                  Answered on 5/2/2016 by Chad from Ottawa
              • Q:

                How many sets is this edition limited to?
                Asked on 4/23/2016 by Rick from Grande Prairie, AB

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Hi Rick,

                  Only 8,888 sets were produced.

                  Answered on 5/2/2016 by Chad from Ottawa
              • Q:

                Is this not the first China Town Gates being recycled?
                Asked on 4/22/2016 by Doc Benway from Ottawa Ontario Canada

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Hi Doc Benway - this is a coin and stamp set released by Canada Post. It is original and not a recreation.

                  Answered on 4/28/2016 by Anonymous
              • Q:

                What is the mintage?
                Asked on 4/21/2016 by Jan from Toronto,On

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Hi Jan,

                  Only 8,888 sets were produced.

                  Answered on 4/28/2016 by Chad from Ottawa
              • Q:

                does the chinese ancient coins is true?
                Asked on 4/19/2016 by kevin liu from richmond, bc

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Hi Kevin,

                  Yes they are real coins.

                  Answered on 4/20/2016 by Anonymous
              • Q:

                Are the coins truly a 200-year-old Qing Dynasty coin and a 1,000-year-old Song Dynasty coin? Or just modern imitations?
                Asked on 4/19/2016 by Wenzhong from Victoria,BC,Canada

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Hi Wenzhong, they are authentic coins and not imitations.

                  Answered on 4/20/2016 by Anonymous
              • Q:

                How many in limited edition?
                Asked on 4/16/2016 by sandpiper from Aburg

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Thank you for your question. There are 8,888 in this limited edition product.

                  Answered on 4/20/2016 by Anonymous
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              Specifications

              • No.154810
              • Mintage While Supplies Last
              • Composition
              • Finish
              • Weight (g) 816
              • Diameter (mm)
              • Edge
              • Certificate
              • Face value
              • Artist