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KLAUS STORTEBEKER Pirate Of The North Gilded 5 Oz Silver Coin 5$ Niue 2014


New Issue 5 Oz Silver coin in antique finish in honor of the great pirate of the North, Klaus Stortebeker. The coin features a gilded skull and a colored buzzard. The coin is housed in a wooden box resembling an old treasure chest weathered by wind and saltwater with certificate of authenticity. Mintage extremely low 350 pieces worldwide.

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Klaus Stortebeker
Klaus Stortebeker was a leader and the best known representative of a companionship of privateers known as the Victual Brothers ("Vitalienbruder" in German). The Victual Brothers were originally hired during a war between Denmark and Sweden to fight the Danish and supply the besieged Swedish capital Stockholm with provisions (Latin "victualia"). After the end of the war, the Victual Brothers continued to capture merchant vessels for their own account and named themselves "Likedeelers" (literally "equal sharers").
A large number of myths and legends surround what little facts exist on Klaus Stortebeker life. Even the name Stortebeker is only a nickname meaning "empty the mug with one gulp" in Old German. The moniker refers to the pirate's supposed ability to empty a four-litre mug of beer in one gulp. At this time, pirates and other fugitives from the law often adopted a colorful nom de guerre.
Stortebeker entered public consciousness around 1398, after the expulsion of the Victual Brothers from the Baltic island of Gotland, where they had set up a stronghold and headquarters in the town of Visby. During the following years, Störtebeker and some of his fellow captains (the most famous of whom were Godeke Michels, Hennig Wichmann and Magister Wigbold) captured Hanseatic ships, irrespective of their origin.
In 1401, a Hamburgian fleet led by Simon of Utrecht caught up with Stortebeker's force near Helgoland. According to some stories, Stortebeker's ship had been disabled by a traitor who cast molten lead into the links of the chain which held the rudder of Stortebeker's ship. Stortebeker and his crew were ultimately overcome and brought to Hamburg where they were tried. Legend has it that Stortebeker offered a chain of gold long enough to enclose the whole town of Hamburg in exchange for his life and freedom. However, Stortebeker and all of his 73 companions were sentenced to death and were beheaded.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2014
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)155.5 (5 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)60
  • QualityAntique Finish
  • Mintage (pcs)350
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The coin's reverse depicts the pirate with a colored buzzard upon his shoulder and in the foreground a gilded skull. In the background an ancient sailing ship. The issue date 2014 is present. The coin's reverse depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the issue country and the face value.