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BJORN IRONSIDE Vikings Gods Kings Warriors 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2016


Sixth issue from 15 coin series “Vikings: Gods, Kings and Warriors” featuring the son of legendary Viking warrior and King, Ragnar of Lothbrok – Bjorn Ironside. The 2 Oz coin is minted with an exceptional High Relief technique. The coin will have a laser-etched serial number on the rim along with matching serial number found on the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 1.999 pcs.

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Availability date: 11/04/2016

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Bjorn Ironside
Bjorn Ironside was a legendary king of Sweden who lived sometime in the 9th century. Bjorn Ironside is said to have been the first ruler of the Munso dynasty. In the early 18th century, a barrow on the island of Munso was claimed by antiquarians to be Bjorn Jarnsidas hg or Bjorn Ironside's grave. Hog, from the Old Norse word haugr, means barrow or mound. A powerful Viking chieftain and naval commander, Bjorn and his brother Hastein conducted many (mostly successful) raids in France in a continuation of the tradition initiated by their (legendary) father Ragnar Lothbrok. In 860, Björn led a large Viking raid into the Mediterranean. After raiding down the Iberian coast and fighting their way through Gibraltar, Bjorn and Hastein pillaged the south of France, where his fleet over-wintered, before landing in Italy where they captured the coastal city of Pisa. They proceeded inland to the town of Luni, which they believed to be Rome at the time, but were unable to breach the town walls. To gain entry a tricky plan was devised: Hastein sent messengers to the bishop to say that, being deathly ill, he had a deathbed conversion and wished to receive Christian sacraments and/or to be buried on consecrated ground within their church. He was brought into the chapel with a small honor guard, then surprised the dismayed clerics by leaping from his stretcher. The Viking party then hacked its way to the town gates, which were promptly opened letting the rest of the army in. Flush with this victory and others around the Mediterranean (including in Sicily and North Africa) Bjorn returned to the Straits of Gibraltar only to find the Saracen navy from Al-Andalus waiting for him. In the desperate battle that followed, Bjorn lost 40 ships, largely to a form of Greek fire launched from Saracen catapults. The remainder of his fleet managed to return to Scandinavia, however, where he lived out his life as a rich man.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2016
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)62.2 (2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityAntique Finish
  • Mintage (pcs)1999
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

Bjorn's depiction on the reverse of the coin is based upon the historical account of his sacking of the town of Luna, Italy, which legend says he believed to be Rome at the time. Unable to breach the town walls by force, Bjorn sent messengers to the resident Bishop of Luna who announced (lied about) Bjorn's death and last request for a deathbed conversion, and the desire to be buried on consecrated ground within the church. The Bishop, agreeing to Bjorn's request, permitted Bjorn's “dead” body entry into the chapel with a small honor guard. To the amazement of the Italian clerics and others in attendance, Bjorn surprised the crowd by bursting from his "coffin" and fighting his way to the town gates to win their eventual freedom, allowing his army entrance to Luna and its riches. On the bottom of the coin, the inscription: “Bjorn Ironside” – the name of the coin.

The obverse of the coin portrays the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination: “Two Dollars”, the issue year: “2016”, the issue country: “Niue” and “2 Oz 999 Fine Silver” - the weight and the fineness of Silver.