Leif Ericsson Silver Vinland Coin
Vinland That Might-have-been
A coin that might have been! Leif Ericsson founded a North American colony named Vinland that was later abandoned. If it had lasted, we think their money would have looked like this. The design was inspired by historical ancient viking coins, using similar imagery and engraved with chisel-engraving techniques. It features Leif Ericsson and the words "Vinland Moneta", translating to "Vinland Money."
The Leif Ericsson Silver Vinland Coin is struck from solid .900 silver, measure 2.3 cm in diameter, and weigh 2.4 grams, or 1/14 of a troy ounce. Coin artwork by Greg Franck-Weiby.
This coin is treated to look as if they it has been handled and circulated for years. This process is done by hand, and it is both an art and a science. Coloring and patinas will vary. No two coins are exactly the same! Coins are struck one at a time in the USA using antique machinery and traditional coining techniques. A colorful description is included with history and facts about the coin.
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I bought this Vinland penny along with the Arthur Pendragon siliqua, and both are amazing little historically fictional coins! They are well-struck, and look and feel like they could have easily come out of early medieval Europe, especially when I put them side by side with my real penny of Cnut and one of my late Roman siliqua coins. The engraving is top-notch, and they are struck on irregular flans, which make them even more realistic. And they’re 90% silver! How could you go wrong!
The work to make this piece look like an authentic Norse coin is amazing. It is definitely worth a place in a growing collection of SPM pieces.
When I saw this coin and the Torrhen Stark Silver Stag I had to have them both. It seems the Stark Stag was in part inspired by the Leif Ericsson coin. As always quality craftsmanship from Shire Post Mint!
The feel and design of this coin is very authentic. I really appreciate the imaginative 'what if' that inspired its design as well.