The New Zealand Mint debuted a new series back in June called Warriors of History. It featured one of the most fascinating of all warrior classes, the Samurai. The coin was struck in one-ounce of fine silver, antique-finished and sported some selective colouring of the warrior figure. It remains a well liked design and we’ve seen little negative discussion of it. As part of a series, and in line with the New Zealand Mint’s speedier release schedule of late, we haven’t had to wait long for a second coin.
Sticking with the most widely known of history’s warrior groups, the mint has chosen the Vikings for the second coin. The style is followed very closely indeed from the Samurai coin, even down to the placement of the figure and the background. It worked well on the first one, so why not? The background is a classic depiction of how you’d imagine the Vikings, storming ashore from a beached longship on another raid. As we noted previously, it’s quite close in concept and execution to Numiscollects superb History of the Crusades series.
A Viking warrior is depicted in colour, like the Samurai being well drawn and integrated into the design. Other than the word ‘VIKINGS’ inscribed in Norse script, and the composition in a very small font, the reverse is free of lettering. The antique finish obverse is the ususal Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Her name, the date, issuer and denomination are also inscribed near the edge of the coin.
Packaging is very cool, an enhanced variant of the book-style design that debuted with the Shakespeare coin from a couple of years ago. The recommended price of $85.00, is par for the course with a 1oz coloured silver coin with a 5k mintage. The coin is available to order now.