Sacred Teaching of Respect Depicted on Canadian Silver Coin


The Royal Canadian Mint continues its Seven Sacred Teachings series with the release symbolizing respect.

2014 $20 Respect Seven Sacred Teachings Canadian Silver Coin
Royal Canadian Mint image of the 2014 $20 Silver Coin depicting Respect, one of the Seven Sacred Teachings

Featuring selectively gold-plated silver coins, the series celebrates core teachings practiced by Aboriginal people throughout North America.

"Respect is one of the lessons in the Seven Sacred Teachings practiced by Aboriginal people throughout North America for a full and happy life," describes the Royal Canadian Mint. "While variations of these teachings do exist across the continent, this diversity only enriches them and underscores the universality of their wisdom."

Métis artist Nathalie Bertin designed the gold-plated image of the 2014 $20 Respect Seven Sacred Teachings Silver Coin. Inspired by the Woodland style of her Algonquin ancestry, the design showcases the unique relationship of respect that First Nations people had for the buffalo. The buffalo appears with an abstract likeness of a human lying on its back and holding a feather. A field of sage leaves is behind the two.

Inscribed above the design is CANADA with the legal tender face value of 20 DOLLARS inscribed below. Nathalie Bertin’s initials of NB appear under the buffalo’s head.

Specifications and Coins of Seven Sacred Teachings Series

Seven Sacred Teachings silver coins include:

  • Mintages of 7,000 per coin
  • Compositions of (99.99% pure silver
  • Proof finishes
  • Weights of 31.83 grams
  • Diameters of 40 mm
  • Serrated edges
  • $20 face values
  • Face value: 20 dollars

The series is scheduled to include seven coins with the following release dates:

  • Love (released April 1, 2014)
  • Respect (this coin)
  • Courage (June 3, 2014)
  • Honesty (July 2, 2014)
  • Wisdom (August 5, 2014)
  • Humility (September 2, 2014)
  • Truth (October 7, 2014)

Obverses of each bear Susanna Blunt’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions of ELIZABETH II, 2014, 9999 and FINE SILVER 1 OZ ARGENT PUR surround the portrait.


Individual coin pricing is currently CAD $109.95, or about US $100. An affiliate link to the Mint’s product page for First Nation-themed coins is right here.

A subscription program is also available for coins of the series. Under the program, enrollees will be billed and shipped each coin individually as they are released.

Each coin ships in a Royal Canadian Mint display case with an illustrated shipper and a serialized certificate. Subscription program recipients receive a seven-coin display case.

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