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Royal Canadian Mint:
Fine Silver Coin - "The Seven Sacred Teachings" 7-coin collector set
Mintage: 7,000 (2014)

7 Sacred Teachings Coins—love, respect, courage, honesty, wisdom, humility and truth—an outstanding celebration of First Nations wisdom and art.

Special features:
• Crafted in 99.99% pure silver with selective gold plating.
• Limited worldwide mintage.

Coins in subscription include:
• Love (April 1, 2014)
• Respect (May 6, 2014)
• Courage (June 3, 2014)
• Honesty (July 2, 2014)
• Wisdom (August 5, 2014)
• Humility (September 2, 2014)
• Truth (October 7, 2014)

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ARTIST STATEMENT: Each coin represents a sacred teaching. In this format, it is a special treasure and a learning tool that will be passed down among the generations of collectors, ensuring the teachings live on. Along with the Mint staff and the Elders, academics and experts we consulted with, we were diligent in ensuring the meaning and essence of each teaching was accurate. I also tried to ensure my interpretations stayed true to the teaching but that the designs were universal enough for anyone to understand.

hare wolf


Royal Canadian Mint:
Fine Silver Hologram Coin - A Story of the Northern Lights: The Great Hare (2013)

The many bands that comprise the Algonquin people share a number of stories about the awe-inspiring northern lights—including a cultural hero known as Nanahboozho, who would often shape-shift into the Great Hare. One such Odawa legend says that after creating Turtle Island, Nanahboozho travelled north and built great bonfires as a way to remind his people that he was thinking of them. (Source: Royal Canadian Mint) More...

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Fine Silver Hologram Coin - A Story of the Northern Lights: Howling Wolf (2014)

Awesome. Ethereal. Legendary. That is the magic of the northern lights, and if you’ve ever experienced them firsthand, you know this incredible phenomenon is really beyond words; shimmering waves of light that can leave you breathless. And if you’ve never seen the northern lights, the captivating colours on this pure silver hologram coin might just inspire you to venture north to watch them “live.” Out there, standing in the dark, Earth’s great lightshow may take on a whole new dimension if the shimmering ribbons of light are accompanied by the sound of howling wolves. It’s one of the most hauntingly beautiful experiences that the wilderness has to offer; a spectacle so mystifying that generations of sky gazers, adventurers and nature lovers have ventured into the darkness, and long pondered if wolves do indeed howl at the light. At night, in the dead of winter, light and sound travel much farther, aided by the clear, crisp air. If there’s more light, wolves can also be more active; and as their pack disperses in search of food, they will be calling to each other. Their howls will be amplified by the clear, crisp air, just like the northern lights; and the result for the lucky viewer is a hauntingly beautiful symphony of colour and sound. (Source: Royal Canadian Mint) More...

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Fine Silver Hologram Coin - A Story of the Northern Lights: The Raven (2015)

The raven is central to several First Nation traditions, and this coin celebrates its role in teaching the story of the northern lights. It's the third achromatic hologram coin the Mint has ever issued, and the first to go beyond a circular design! The hologram was produced using a patented nanotechnology-based method of producing three-dimensional non-coloured holographic elements. This advanced technology is also used on banknotes requiring exceptional security and detailed images. The hologram is not affixed to the coin, but struck microscopically into the coin's surface—stunning!

Your coin's stylized design is inspired by First Nations storytelling traditions of the Pacific Northwest!

About the Design: Designed by Canadian artist Nathalie Bertin features a stylized raven in flight above an engraved coniferous mountainside, set against a sky lit by the northern lights. The raven and sky are entirely holographic. The raven flies, wings fully outstretched, in the centre of this image. The lower part of the image, engraved in silver, features rocky mountainous terrain cradling a coniferous forest. The “sky” above the mountains and surrounding the raven is a stunning hologram reminiscent of the ever-changing, swirling rainbow of the aurora borealis.


© Nathalie Bertin, 2009-2018.
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