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Tuvalu 2010 Great Warriors #2 - Viking Norseman $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof with Color

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The ferocious, berserk Viking Norsemen raided Europe and discovered North America!

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Sold out at the Mint!Talisman Coins and the Perth Mint are excited to announce the second release in the exciting new Great Warriors series! The ferocity of the Viking warriors known as berserkers is legendary, and helped these Scandinavian adventurers to conquer huge areas of Europe, establishing kingdoms from Great Britain and France to Sicily. In the East they effectively created the state of Russia, and served in the guard of the Byzantine Emperor. Most famously, Vikings colonized Iceland and Greenland and even established the first European settlement  in North America, at L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada. Following on the heels of the phenomenally successful and popular Famous Battles of History and Famous Naval Battles programs, we expect the new Great Warriors series to likewise sell out in short order. Our advice - get these colorful, one ounce, pure silver proofs while you can!

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Fully equipped and heavily armed and armored Vikings - a chieftain and his bodyguard.Seafaring Warriors
The Vikings are the Norse (Scandinavian) explorers, warriors, merchants, and pirates who raided and settled in wide areas of Europe from the late eighth to the early eleventh century. They burst out of Scandinavia in the late 700s, seeking both wealth and lands to colonize. These Norsemen used their famed longships to travel as far east as Constantinople and the Volga River in Russia, and as far west as Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland, and as far south as Al Andalus. This period of Viking expansion – known as the Viking Age – forms a major part of the medieval history of Scandinavia, Britain, Ireland and the rest of Europe in general.

The Vikings sailed most of the North Atlantic, reaching south to North Africa and east to Russia, Constantinople and the Middle East, as looters, traders, colonists, and mercenaries. Vikings under Leif Ericson, heir to Erik the Red, reached North America, and set up a short-lived settlement in present-day L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Once seen by the classical mindset as northern barbarians, the historical image of the Vikings now views them as aspirational, adventurous people, with ingenuity in ship and town construction, and a proficiency as exploring seafarers and traders to match. And of course, they were the greatest warriors of their age!

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Viking Arms and Armor
A Dane Axe or Danish Axe, with a decorated or engraved head or blade, denoting the owner's wealth and social status.According to custom, all free Norse men were required to own weapons, as well as permitted to carry them at all times. These arms were also indicative of a Viking's social status: a wealthy Viking would have a complete ensemble of a helmet, shield, chainmail shirt, and sword. A typical bondi (freeman) was more likely to fight with a spear and shield, and most also carried a seax as a utility knife and side-arm. Bows were used in the opening stages of land battles, and at sea, but tended to be considered less "honorable" than a hand weapon. Vikings were relatively unusual for the time in their use of axes as a main battle weapon. The Húscarls, the elite guard of King Cnut (and later King Harold II) were armed with two-handed axes which could split shields or metal helmets with ease.

The Dane Axe is a type of polearm, primarily used during the transition between the European Viking Age and early Middle Ages. Other names for the weapon include Danish Axe, English Long Axe, and Hafted Axe. The blade itself was reasonably light and forged very thin, making it superb for cutting. The thickness of the body above the edge is as thin as 2 mm. Many of these axes were constructed with a reinforced bit, typically of a higher carbon steel to facilitate a harder, sharper edge. Average weight of an axe this size is between 2 and 4 pounds (1 and 2 kg). This complex construction results in a lively and quick weapon with devastating cutting ability.

All of this calls to mind that most famous paean to the Norse, Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song:

    We come from the land of the ice and snow,
    From the midnight sun where the hot springs blow.
    The hammer of the gods, we'll drive our ships to new lands,
    To fight the horde, singing and crying: "Valhalla, I am coming!"

    On we sweep with threshing oar,
    Our only goal will be the western shore.
    How soft your fields so green, can whisper tales of gore,
    Of how we calmed the tides of war. We are your overlords.

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Viking longships under sail, leaving the fjord, with shields on the gunwales.The Viking Norseman Silver Proof is the second in the new and exciting Great Warriors series, to be released by the Perth Mint. Coins commemorating the following soldiers are planned:

    Roman Legionary
    Viking Norseman
    Medieval Knight
    Japanese Samurai

The Complete 4-Coin Collection consisting of all four Great Warriors Silver Dollars may be available - click here to see if it is!

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Please see the presentation lower on this page for more information about Tuvalu and its association with Australia.

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Technology Note
The Perth Mint of Australia employs its own proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The vibrant hues and precise execution of the technology create a stunning, full-color portrait on each coin.

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Great Warriors - Viking Warrior Silver Dollar in boxObverse
A full color portrait of a Viking Norseman, heavily armed with two Danish axes. The solider stands in front of a wooden door carved with Norse designs. The legend reads VIKING.

Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl drop earrings, was executed by the sculptor Raphael Maklouf. The legend QUEEN ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a taupe brown leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.
SpecificationsVikings fighting a battle in winter. Oh no - axe to the groin! Ouch! That's gotta hurt! (Do not attempt this at home.)
Country Tuvalu
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2010
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   4.00 mm
Mintage Limit    5,000
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Raphael Maklouf (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered
Image courtesy of:  www.hurstwic.org
 
The Island Nation of Tuvalu
Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbors are Kiribati, Samoa and Fiji. It is comprised of four reef islands and five true atolls. Its population of 11,992 makes it the third-least populated independent country in the world, with only Vatican City and Nauru having fewer inhabitants. It is also the second-smallest member by population of the United Nations. In terms of physical land size, at just 10 square miles Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world, larger only than the Vatican City, Monaco and Nauru.

The first inhabitants of Tuvalu were Polynesian people, who arrived about 3000 years go. The islands came under Great Britain's sphere of influence in the late 19th century. The Ellice Islands were administered by Britain as part of a protectorate from 1892 to 1916 and as part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony from 1916 to 1974. In 1974 the Ellice Islanders voted for separate British dependency status as Tuvalu, separating from the Gilbert Islands which became Kiribati upon independence. Tuvalu became fully independent within The Commonwealth in 1978. with Queen Elizabeth II as titular head of state.

Because Tuvalu has few natural resources it has been dependent in recent years upon aid from larger, more developed nations, including Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The Perth Mint of Australia is officially commissioned by the government of Tuvalu to produce legal tender coinage for the island nation.

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