One of the best of the ancient mythology series that have swept through modern numismatics in recent years, Scottsdale’s surprise entrant follows a design ethos set out with the mints epic Biblical Series. While that series will run to a huge sixty releases over the next decade, Vikings: Gods, Kings, Warriors will top out at a still impressive 15 coins. At the time of writing, the second batch of three has launched, leaving a further nine coins to appear, likely over the next three years. While there were initial indications that after the launch of the first trio, the coins would come out individually spread over the year, that hasn’t proven to be the case with the coins being released in threes.
Unlike most series that tend to concentrate on just the gods of the old Norse tales, Vikings: GKW, like the Choice Mints Legends of Asgard series, looks at the wider Viking world. Legends takes in a far wider range of pure mythology, while Vikings: GKW leans more towards the actual historical record. Despite some overlaps, they would make fine companions to each other. The name of the series is a good indicator of its leaning. The Kings and Warriors parts are, to a large degree, historical.
Like Scottsdales bible coins, this series uses a staple format of the genre, that of a 2 oz, antique-silver, high-relief design. In this case they’re also rimless, with the serial number engraved into it. Because of the high-relief nature requiring a greater thickness of metal, the diameter is similar to those of one-ounce in weight, a necessary compromise shared by pretty much all coins of this format.
Great art design, interesting and mixed poses, these are very well implemented coins. We were very impressed by last years coins when we saw them in Berlin. Themed and customised per coin packaging round out a superior series of coins.