DRAGON SAIL Norse Figureheads 1 Oz Silver Coin 20$ Canada 2018

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This beautiful 1 Oz Silver coin is the second release in the new “Norse Figureheads” series, dedicated to the Viking Age and to naval expertise of Norse seafarers. In this edition – Dragon’s Sail. The coin has a beautiful design, has a Proof Quality and comes in an elegant case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 6.000 pieces worldwide.

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Specifications
Country Canada
Year 2018
Face Value 20 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 31.39
Diameter (mm) 38
Quality Proof
Mintage (pcs) 6.000
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
 
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Viking Ships
Viking ships were marine vessels of unique design, built by the Vikings during the Viking Age. The boat-types were quite varied, depending on what the ship was intended for, but they were generally characterized as being slender and flexible boats, with symmetrical ends with true keel. They were clinker built, which is the overlapping of planks riveted together. Some might have had a dragon's head or other circular object protruding from the bow and stern for design, although this is only inferred from historical sources. Viking ships were not just used for their military prowess but for long-distance trade, exploration and colonization. In the literature, Viking ships are usually seen divided into two broad categories: merchant ships and warships. These categories are overlapping; some kinds of merchant ships, built for transporting cargo specifically, could also be used as warships. The majority of Viking ships were designed for sailing rivers, fjords and coastal waters, while a few types, such as the knarr, could navigate the open sea and even the ocean. The Viking ships ranged from the Baltic Sea to far from the Scandinavian homelands, to Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Newfoundland, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and Africa.

 
Design

The reverse of the coin is inspired by the saga of Leif Eriksson’s voyage from Greenland to Vinland is design by Canadian artist Jean-Pierre Vallée. In the background, the rugged North Atlantic coast of present-day Canada rises up from the sea, and resembles some of the new shorelines spied during Eriksson’s expedition circa AD 1000. In the foreground, a fearsome Norse dragon ship sails into view. The sea-level perspective places a special emphasis on the square mast and highly intricate woodworking that made a Viking ship both a technical and artistic marvel in its time. Ornate carvings of gripping beasts lead up to the dragon figurehead on the prow, which was intended to ward off evil spirits while adding to the ship’s imposing appearance. A similar Norse art-inspired pattern of interlaced serpents is replicated on the selectively coloured frame, which surrounds the artistic interpretation of an early chapter in Canada’s history. On the right of the reverse, the inscription: “2018” – the year of issue. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen, “CANADA” – the issuing country, “D·G·REGINA” – the latin acronym that stands for “Dei Gratia Regina” and “20 DOLLARS” – the face value.

 
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