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5) Viking Ships: Second Coin in the Series: $20 Silver coin titled "Viking Voyage" released in February 2018:
6) Viking Ships: Third Coin in the Series: $20 Silver Coin titled "Dragon Ship" released in March 2018
The third and final coin on the Coin Series "Norse Figureheads" brought out by the Royal Canadian Mint, shows the Reverse of the coin against a backdrop of a painting of a Viking ship with a sailor pointing towards land after a sea voyage
An interesting feature of the Viking warships was that they differed in those built for trade and exploration. Longships, such as the "Skeid", were longer and narrower, while the trade-friendly "Knarr" was wider to accommodate more cargo and was favoured for longer journeys like Vinland (present day Newfoundland) and Greenland.
The Reverse of the $20 Coin presents an artistic depiction of a Viking ship at sea.
An overhead view conveys the dauntless spirit of the Norse mariners and captures the majesty of a dragon ship (the "Dreki" or "Drakkar") around 1,000 AD as the wind fills the striped sail. There is an elaborately carved dragon figurehead at the prow, which gave the ship its name and was intended to ward off evil spirits.
Selective colour highlights the Norse art-inspired periphery/border of the coin that frames the Viking ship.
The figure-head bears a Norse-inspired motif of inter-twined serpents in the Jellinge Art style popular around 1,000 AD which fits in the time-line of Leif Ericsson's voyage from Greenland to Vinland (Newfoundland). Included in the coin design are four runic letters that represent the cardinal points - North, East, South and West - a tribute to the sea-faring nature and exploratory spirit of the Vikings.
The year of issue is marked towards the upper-centre left periphery "2018".
The Obverse of the $20 Coin
It depicts an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II which appears on all the Canadian circulation coins since 2003. The peripheral inscriptions are - "ELIZABETH II. CANADA. D.G. REGINA. 20 DOLLARS."
The specifications of this coin are:
Denomination: 20 Dollars; Metal Composition: .9999 Silver (Ag); Weight: 31.3 grams; Diameter/Size: 38.0 mm; Coin Quality: Proof with applied colour; Edge: Serrated; Maximum Mintage: 6,000 pieces; Year of issue: 2018; Designers: Neil Hamlin (Reverse) & Susanna Blunt (Obverse).
The custom case/box in which each coin is encapsulated. Each coin comes with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity (COA)