2018 Vikings 2oz silver antiqued high relief rimless coin
This striking coin portrays Viking warriors launching a raid from their longships. It is struck from 2oz of 99.99% pure silver and is limited to just 2,000 worldwide.Read more
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The term Viking, derived from the Latin for ‘sea robber’, describes a race of people who emerged from the northern European region now known as Scandinavia during the 8th century. Already an advanced civilisation rooted in Nordic pagan traditions, their growing population probably put pressure on land and resources. As clan rivalries grew more intense, some groups were inspired to build ships with the aim of seeking new lands and material gain.
Viking longships emerged from the fjords of Scandinavia as potent symbols of these fierce and determined people who were destined to dominate the Dark Ages.
Typically, Vikings wore light armour in the form of mail shirts, scale armour or just as likely leather jerkins. Defensively they favoured round timber shields, which may have been affixed along their ship’s gunwales while at sea.
The marauders were expert at handling swords, spears, knives and battle axes - their true forte. Used for chopping the heads off adversaries, these lethal weapons could also be thrown with deadly accuracy.
The reverse of the coin portrays Viking warriors launching a raid from their longships. Charging maniacally through the water, each one is seen roaring fearsomely to terrify their victims. To capture the depth and detail of the design, the coin is struck in high relief to a rimless format, and has been individually ‘antiqued’ to give it a unique finish conveying the surface abrasions of an ancient artefact. As a result of this treatment the appearance of each coin may vary.
Each coin is presented in a classic grey display case, within an illustrated shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The coin is accompanied by an immersive 360˚ panoramic illustration of the battle represented on the coin. The image can be automatically viewed on any smartphone by tapping the phone against the NFC chip embedded in the certificate, then placing the phone in 3D VR goggles.
- Mint: The Perth Mint
- Issue date: 5 June 2018
- Metal: 99.99% silver
- Finish: Proof
- Denominations: $2(TVD)
- Mintage: 2,000
- Minimum weight: 62.213g
- Maximum diameter: 40.6mm
- Maximum thickness: 6.42mm
- Designer: Lucas Bowers