Just when you thought the clamour to release Viking mythology coins had died down, another epic series launches onto the market with all our favourite gods and warriors from Norse folklore. The series depicts 15 of Norse culture’s greatest figures: Odin, Ragnar, King Cnut, Thor, Loki, Tyr, Freya, Ivar the Boneless, Eric Bloodaxe, Harald Hardrada, Bjorn Ironside, Egil Skallagrimsson, Freydís Eiríksdóttir, Harald Fairhair, and Gudfred. The first three coins below have been released simultaneously, but in future they’ll be released one at a time at regular intervals over the next three years.
We’ve already had coins from other series launching in a very short period of time, from the 9-coin Viking Gods series, through the 4-coin Heidi Wastweet designed series, and on to the current pinnacle of them all, the Choice Mints Legends of Asgard series. All of the coins released to date have been of a high standard and these don’t disappoint either. Not quite as special as the almost hand-crafted look of Choice Mints coin, this new Scottsdale Mint series is a fine one regardless. Struck in the style of the Bible series, 2oz, rimless and antique-finished, this looks like a series that will maintain the quality of the earlier one.
The packaging is worthy of particular note. Similar in style to the Perth Mints superb Gods & Goddesses of Olympus series, the wooden boxes go one step further with some beautiful designs, each on wearing a different lid design themed to the character on the coin. The serial number is struck into the rim like the Bible coins. The first three coins depict Odin, King Cnut and Ragnar of Lothbrok, so is partially grounded in Norse lore, and partly in its actual history.
Each coin will sell for $179.99, although APMEX, who have a 30-day US exclusive on the coins, are doing a deal if you buy all three. Another welcome addition to the ever bulging market for this subject genre, it’s getting harder and harder to choose for those of us on a budget. Legends of Olympus still just has it for us, but the mix of styles available now means everyone should find something they like. Available to buy now.
Odin the “Allfather” was the premier Norse deity, at once a magnetic and polarizing figure whose influence permeated all aspects of society. A lover of knowledge, he was said to have sacrificed his eye in exchange for great wisdom. He was the ruler of Valhalla, the highest level of the underworld and frequently received human sacrifices.
In battle, he was a manipulative commander who derived an almost spiritual ecstasy from orchestrating violent, chaotic bloodbaths. He was also a lover of poetry and heavily involved in shamanism, magic and necromancy.