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Viking Ships 3-coin Subscription - Mintage: 6,000 (2018)

Viking Ships 3-coin Subscription - Mintage: 6,000 (2018)

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$104.95 CAD  per coin
Issue Name Expected shipping date Price
1 Northern Fury 10/2019 $104.95
2 Dragon's Sail 11/2019 $104.95
3 Viking Voyage 12/2019 $104.95
Mintage: 6,000
STATUS:
Canada and US only
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History's most legendary dragonhead ships!

For the superstitious Vikings, a carved dragonhead on the prow kept sea monsters and evil spirits at bay. In this three-coin series, a mix of selective colour and engraving highlights the combined Norse artistry and craftsmanship that produced some of history's most legendary ships, which were the epitome of maritime supremacy 1,000 years ago.

Your 3-coin series re-imagines Viking ships as they likely appeared over 1,000 years ago! Receive all three coins by subscribing to the series today!

Special features:
  • AVAILABLE AS A 3-COIN SUBSCRIPTION! Subscribe today* and then relax knowing you will receive all three coins (each coin priced at $104.95)! Coins in your subscription include:
    • 1st coin: Northern Fury (priced at $104.95)
    • 2nd coin: Dragon's Sail (priced at $104.95)
    • 3rd coin: Viking Voyage (priced at $104.95)
  • THE SHIPS THAT SAILED INTO HISTORY! Your three-coin series re-visits the Viking Age, to a time when the naval expertise of Norse seafarers left an imprint on history wherever their ships came ashore—including Canada's east coast.
  • HISTORY AND ART INTERTWINED! A joint celebration of the artistry and naval craftsmanship that are at the heart of an early chapter in Canadian history—one that was only uncovered in the 1960s!
  • VIKINGS IN CANADA! Each of the three coins re-imagines Viking ships, as they likely appeared a millennium ago, when a Norse encampment was established on the site of L'Anse aux Meadows, N.L.—a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only authenticated Viking settlement in North America.
  • A COMPLEX DESIGN! Each coin features a design that is as elaborate and intricate as the ship it depicts. Different frostings add nuance to the highly detailed engraving, while a selective application of colour accents the outer ring!
  • A TIMELESS QUALITY! The circular nature of the frame speaks to the timelessness of the Viking spirit, while the knotwork exemplifies the beauty of traditional Norse art.
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATES! Regardless of special packaging, the Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins!
  • LOW MINTAGE! Set to 6,000 coins worldwide, this limited collectible 3-coin series is sure to be highly sought after.
  • ONE-OUNCE 99.99% PURE SILVER COINS! Each of your coins have no GST/HST!

About the first coin design:

Designed by Patrick Belanger, the first coin in your 3-coin series presents an artistic rendering of the dragon-headed longship (drakkar), which was regarded as a symbol of Viking power and strength. The background features a precisely engraved depiction of the wooden vessel in open waters, where the wind fills its square sail and propels it forward during a long-distance journey. A troop carrier fit for rulers and chieftains, this ornate longship is equipped with shields while its curved bow rises up towards a dragonhead prow ornament, whose purpose was to ward off evil spirits and sea monsters. Selective colour over engraving emphasizes the elaborate nature of the carved figurehead in the foreground, which offers a magnified view of this feature that gave the Norse vessel its name and added to the ship's imposing appearance. The side view of the figurehead overlaps a green-coloured frame inspired by Norse art elements, including traditional knotwork with an integrated gripping beast motif that also adorns the Norse figurehead. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

Did you know…
  • The Viking landing on Canada's east coast occurred roughly 500 years before the arrival of early European explorers such as John Cabot and Jacques Cartier! It is also one of the very earliest recorded contacts between Europeans and Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
  • Located on Newfoundland's Great Northern Peninsula, L'Anse aux Meadows is the only authenticated Viking settlement in North America. A small cloak pin discovered in 1968 offered the first proof of a Norse encampment on our shores; in 1978, the site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The term dreki (dragon) could also apply to two other types of ships that may have had a dragonhead raised on the prow: skeid, which was a narrow warship that was better suited for rowing; and the larger busse, which was sturdier in rough seas.
  • The origin of the word Viking isn't clear. There is still much debate, but one theory suggests the word comes from the Old Norse word víkingr, meaning a person from vík (an inet or bay) or Víken, an area in southern Norway.

Packaging:

Each of your three coins is separately encapsulated and presented in individually Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshells with black beauty boxes.

Subscribe today!

* Credit card purchases only, charged upon shipment. After purchasing your first coin, you will automatically receive the subsequent coins when they are released. Coins may not be issued in the same order as listed herein. Subscription agreement may be cancelled at your request at any time with a phone call or written notice to the Royal Canadian Mint.

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Specifications

  • No.166723
  • Mintage6,000
  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 31.39
  • Diameter (mm) 38
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value20 dollars
  • ArtistPatrick Belanger (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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