Silver coin Discovery of America -Leif Eriksson proof

Silver coin Discovery of America -Leif Eriksson proof

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Date of issue
February 2022
1000 pcs
1,890 CZK
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Discovery of America

The first silver coin of the Czech Mint from the miniseries entitled Discovery of America commemorates the adventures of the Viking sailor Leif Eriksson.

When a Viking named
Thorvald committed voluntary manslaughter and was banished from Norway, little did he know that he had ushered in an unprecedented era of overseas discovery. He settled in Iceland, where he started a family, but like father like son - his son Erik Thorvaldsson committed double murder. He could have redeemed himself from this grave sin by exile, but where to go from the last outpost of the Viking world? The outlaw decided to venture into the unknown and, as a result, discovered Greenland. Three sons accompanied Erik into exile. Impressed by their father's voyage of discovery, they decided to follow in his footsteps. The second-born, Leif Eriksson, ventured even further west, and eventually fortune smiled on him. He named the unknown landmass Helluland. It was most likely Baffin Island in northern Canada. Not content with the barren wasteland, the ambitious Leif continued to navigate his vessel south to what is now the Labrador Peninsula. The Greenland-born Northerners, who knew the coniferous forests only from stories, called the new place with its deep woods Markland - Forest Land. Eventually they arrived at what is now Newfoundland, which they named Vinland - the Land of Wine or the Land of Pasture. Only there did Leif, called Happy, leave the ship and become the first European to reach America. Surprised by the richness of the local countryside, the Vikings established a settlement, wintered there, and the following year set out for home to tell the wonderful news of a rich promised land. Erik did not live to see his son's triumphant return. Leif took over the throne of Greenland from him and made no further ocean voyages. But his two brothers continued to explore the new world. The elder Thorvald met the local natives for the first time and lost his life in a violent quarrel. The younger Thorstein got ill on the way and died. It was Thorstein's wife Guthrith who eventually made it to Leif's settlement. With her new husband she had a boy named Snorri - the first European to be born in the future America.

The reverse side of the commemorative coin, which is the work of the medal maker
Mgr. Petr Horák, presents a profile portrait of Leif Eriksson. The coin's surface is filled with waves on which two Viking drakkars are cradled. The waves surrounding North and South America can also be found on the obverse side, which is common to the entire series of discovery coins. As the licence to issue the Czech Mint commemorative coins is provided by the Pacific island of Niue, the obverse side still bears its necessary attributes - the name and portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, the nominal value of 2 DOLLARS (NZD) and the year of issue 2022.

The package includes a
spectacular booklet that describes in words and pictures the Vikings' journey to America.


Collectors set
Nominal value
Author of the obverse
Mgr. Petr Horák
Author of the reverse
Mgr. Petr Horák
Numbered issue
999 / 1000
31.1 g
37 mm
Šedý papírový box
Czech Mint