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VIKINGS Warriors of History 1 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2016


This is the second release in the “Warriors of History” coin collection and features a Viking warrior in full battle-gear. The coin combine the color with the engraved elements and has an Antique Finish quality. The coin comes packaged in an attractive case, along with the Certificate of the Authenticity. Limited mintage to 5.000 pieces worldwide.

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Vikings (Norwegian and Danish: Vikinger; Swedish and Nynorsk: Vikingar; Icelandic: Víkingar), from Old Norse víkingr, were Norse seafarers, speaking the Old Norse language, who raided and traded from their Scandinavian homelands across wide areas of northern, central and eastern Europe, during the late 8th to late 11th centuries. The term is also commonly extended in modern English and other vernaculars to the inhabitants of Viking home communities during what has become known as the Viking Age. This period of Norse military, mercantile and demographic expansion constitutes an important element in the early medieval history of Scandinavia, the British Isles, Ireland, France, Kievan Rus' and Sicily. Facilitated by advanced seafaring skills, and characterised by the longship, Viking activities at times also extended into the Mediterranean littoral, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Following extended phases of (primarily sea- or river-borne) exploration, expansion and settlement, Viking (Norse) communities and polities were established in diverse areas of north-western Europe, European Russia, the North Atlantic islands and as far as the north-eastern coast of North America. This period of expansion witnessed the wider dissemination of Norse culture, while simultaneously introducing strong foreign cultural influences into Scandinavia itself, with profound developmental implications in both directions. Popular, modern conceptions of the Vikings—the term frequently applied casually to their modern descendants and the inhabitants of modern Scandinavia—often strongly differ from the complex picture that emerges from archaeology and historical sources. A romanticized picture of Vikings as noble savages began to emerge in the 18th century; this developed and became widely propagated during the 19th-century Viking revival. Perceived views of the Vikings as alternatively violent, piratical heathens or as intrepid adventurers owe much to conflicting varieties of the modern Viking myth that had taken shape by the early 20th century. Current popular representations of the Vikings are typically based on cultural clichés and stereotypes, complicating modern appreciation of the Viking legacy.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2016
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityAntique Finish
  • Mintage (pcs)5.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The Warriors of History coin collection brings alive the stories of some of the most legendary warriors in history. The reverse of this impressive second release features a coloured illustration of a Viking warrior in full battle-gear, standing against an engraved background showing two longships and Viking warriors ready for battle. On the top of the coin, the inscriptions: “Vikings”- the name of the coin and “1 Oz Fine Silver” – the weight and the fineness of Silver. The coin's obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the face value: “Two Dollars”, the issue year: “2016” and the issue country: “Niue”.