It all began in 1968 when Norwegian explorer Helge Ingstad and his wife, archaeologist Anne Stine Ingstad, discovered a small bronze cloak pin and the remnants of a Viking encampment on the shores of Epaves Bay. Subsequent excavations, led by Dr. Bengt Schönbäck and Dr. Birgitta Wallace, uncovered hundreds of Norse artefacts and clarified L’Anse aux Meadows’ place in the Vinland sagas. The eight timber-framed turf structures (three dwellings, one iron forge and four workshops) were built in the same 11th century style as those found in Greenland and Iceland. Evidence of activities indicate the location served as a base camp for further exploration south, which seemingly confirmed the journeys described in the Old Norse Sagas. In 1975, the archaeological site was established as a National Historic Site of Canada before being declared the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.
Designed by artist Rebecca Yanovskaya, the time-travelling reverse offers an artist’s rendition of the Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Norse explorer Leif Erikson stands in the foreground, where he observes the activities of his crew and proudly surveys the settlement he founded around the year 1000. Selective gold plating highlights the ornamental flourishes, which are inspired by Norse art and wood carvings. The word “CANADA” is inscribed in a runic font along with the double dates “1945 – 2020” which flank the UNESCO logo to commemorate its 75th anniversary. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
- A piece of fine art: From its depiction of Leif Erikson to the runic font,this premium collector piece shows you what we do best: exquisiteartistry and exceptional craftsmanship.
- Dive into early Canadian history. This coin takes you on a time-travellingadventure to the site of the first (and only) authenticated Viking settlement in North America.
- Highlights a UNESCO World Heritage Site: In honour of UNESCO’s 75thanniversary, this meticulously engraved coin honours the historyuncovered at Canada’s L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site,which was named the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.
Composition: 99.99% pure silver with selective gold plating
Weight: 502.5 g
Diameter: 85.52 mm
Face Value: $125
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