A new coin series from Niue celebrates Viking rulers and legends.
Vikings: Gods, Kings and Warriors is a 15-coin series struck by the
Scottsdale Mint and available exclusively through American Precious
Metals Exchange. The first three coins were released Sept. 16.
Vikings conquered, plundered and reigned equally over land and sea,
attaining notoriety as valiant, seafaring warriors. Their triumphs and
expansion are well known, but their divine inspirations and leaders
are lesser known, despite a surge in popularity in recent years
credited to the History Channel television show called Vikings, now in
its fourth season.
The creative team at Scottsdale Mint brings Valhalla (Norse
mythology’s “hall of the slain”), its inhabitants, and its worshippers
to life in the new series.
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The series depicts 15 of the Norse culture’s greatest figures: Odin,
Ragnar, King Cnut, Thor, Loki, Tyr, Freya, Ivar the Boneless, Eric
Bloodaxe, Harald Hardrada, Bjorn Ironside, Egil Skallagrimsson,
Freydís Eiríksdóttir, Harald Fairhair, and Gudfred.
The first three 2015 silver coins, celebrating Odin, King Cnut and
Ragnar, have been released together and will be available in the
United States exclusively during a 30-day period through APMEX.
The remaining 12 coins will be issued periodically over the next
Each respective subject appears on the reverse of the Proof antique
silver $2 coins. The coins contain two ounces of .999 fine silver and
have mintage limits of 1,999 pieces each.
A depiction of the god Odin seated on his throne, Hlidskjalf, is
shrouded in mist, on one coin. Odin is flanked by his shamanic helpers
— two ravens, Huginn and Muninn, and two wolves, Geri and Freki. The
background features a wooden slat wall as his throne sits in the hall Valaskialf.
The reverse of another coin shows King Cnut wearing a crown and
holding a scepter. His cloak clasp is a quatrefoil coin design,
popular when Cnut was in power and the type he would have minted.
Above him is “Cnut Rex Anglorum” written in Runic, which translates to
“Cnut, King of England.”
The third coin in the new series depicts Ragnar in ninth century
Viking attire and weaponry, equipped with a goosewing fighting axe,
round shield, Nordic fox cloak, fighting sword, pouch and valknut
necklace. Behind him is a Celtic ring with seven rune stones spelling
The obverse of each coin features the Raphael Maklouf likeness of
Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by the coin’s weight, purity and face value.
The edge of each coin includes a laser etched serial number,
matching the serial number found on the included certificate of authenticity.
Wooden boxes accompanying the coins feature designs based on
elements unique to each special design. For instance, the quatrefoil
of the King Cnut coin is replicated on the lid of the box.
Each coin is issued at $179.99, with a price of $187.19 applying for
credit card and PayPal payments.
Buyers can receive a $40 discount when buying a three-coin subset of
the first three coins.
To order, or for more information, visit the distributor website.
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