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

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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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Country Niue
Year 2016
Face Value 2 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) .999
Weight (g) 62.2 (2 oz)
Diameter (mm) 38.61
Quality Antique Finish
Mintage (pcs) 1999
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
Weight range 2 oz - less than 3 oz

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.