This 2 Oz Silver coin features a...
Amazing issue from 15 coin series "Vikings" featuring the King Cnut. It is one of the most important kings of the Middle Ages. The Coin is minted with an exceptional High Relief technique creating a stunning visual effect and remarkable design. Mintage 1.999 pieces worldwide.
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Availability date: 11/03/2015
Cnut the Great, more commonly known as Canute, was a king of Denmark, England, Norway and parts of Sweden, together often referred to as the Anglo-Scandinavian or North Sea Empire. After his death, the deaths of his heirs within a decade, and the Norman conquest of England in 1066, his legacy was largely lost to history. Historian Norman Cantor has made the statement that he was "the most effective king in Anglo-Saxon history", although Cnut himself was not Anglo-Saxon.
Cnut's name is popularly invoked in the context of the legendary story of King Canute and the waves, associated with the futility of "turning back the tide" of an inexorable event. Cnut ruled England for nineteen years. The protection he lent against Viking raiders—many of them under his command—restored the prosperity that had been increasingly impaired since the resumption of Viking attacks in the 980s. The resources he commanded in England helped him to establish control of the majority of Scandinavia, too.
Cnut was generally remembered as a wise and successful king of England, although this view may in part be attributable to his good treatment of the Church, keeper of the historic record. Accordingly, we hear of him, even today, as a religious man (see below), despite the fact that he was in an arguably sinful relationship, with two wives, and the harsh treatment he dealt his fellow Christian opponents.
Cnut died at Shaftesbury in Dorset, and was buried in the Old Minster, Winchester. The new regime of Normandy was keen to signal its arrival with an ambitious programme of grandiose cathedrals and castles throughout the High Middle Ages. Winchester Cathedral was built on the old Anglo-Saxon site (Old Minster) and the previous burials, including Cnut's, were set in mortuary chests there. During the English Civil War in the 17th century, plundering Roundhead soldiers scattered the bones of Cnut on the floor and they were spread amongst the various other chests of rulers, notably William Rufus. After the restoration of the monarchy, the bones were collected and replaced randomly in their chests.
The coin's reverse depicts the king Cnut with his scepter, as a symbol of power and authority and his crown, as symbol of legitimacy, victory, triumph, honor, and glory, as well as immortality, righteousness, and resurrection. On bottom of the coin the inscription"King Cnut". The coin's obverse depicts the effigy of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II, together with the issue year, the face value and the issue country.