Inspired by the original currency of King Canute, this coin marks the first time The Royal Mint has celebrated a 1,000th anniversary on a UK coin. Celebrate the 1,000th Anniversary of the Coronation of King Canute with The Royal Mint.
- Contains 1.682 oz of Silver.
- Comes in a box and includes a certificate of authenticity.
- Maximum coin mintage of only 3,000 proofs.
- Obverse: Features the fifth definitive portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Jody Clark.
- Reverse: Portrays King Canute with a strong, clean design. Includes a particular crown that Canute is seen wearing in medieval manuscripts.
- Guaranteed by The Royal Mint.
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Long before the Norman Invasion of 1066, Canute the Great crossed the North Sea and seized the throne of England. He was a Viking warrior, son of King Swein "Forkbeard" of Denmark, and after a campaign of battles lasting a year, is understood to have been crowned in London, probably in St. Paul's Cathedral, in 1017. Capturing the English throne was the beginning of a period of conquest and, before the end of his reign, his empire stretched from England to Denmark, Norway and included part of Sweden.
Today Canute is best known for the story on which he sat on his throne at the water's edge and commanded the tide to turn back. The story shows Canute, unable to halt the approach of the sea, as a humble king, proving to his flattering courtiers that he was only human.
The minting of coins began in England around the end of the second century B.C. Around A.D. 650, coins were made by craftsmen called “moneyers” in London. In 886, during the reign of Alfred the Great, the London Mint was designated to be a single institution, though there were many other mints in operation around this time. In 1279 the London Mint was moved to the Tower of London where it remained for the next 500 years. Famed physicist Sir Isaac Newton was the Warden of the Mint in 1696 and as such was responsible for investigating cases of counterfeiting. Three years later he was made Master of the Mint, until his death in 1727, and was responsible for moving England from the Silver standard to the Gold standard in 1717.
The Royal Mint had outgrown its home in the Tower of London so during the 18th century the rickety wooden shacks the mint occupied were rebuilt to accommodate mechanized and rolling mills and coining presses and provide more space. Soon, however, the mint outgrew this new location and in 1809, the mint moved from the Tower of London to an adjacent site in East Smithfield called Tower Hill. By 1899, the Royal Mint was striking 100 million coins a year.
In 1967 it was announced that mint would move from its location at Tower Hill to Llantrisant, Wales, following Parliament’s decision to decimalize currency and in 1968 the first coins were officially struck by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the new location in Wales. In 1986, the Royal Mint celebrated 11 centuries of continuous minting. In 2009, the Royal Mint was vested into a government-owned company to provide greater operating and commercial freedom.
One unique aspect of the Royal Mint is a procedure known as the Trial of the Pyx, dates back to 1282 and ensures newly-minted coins meet required government standards. The trials have been held once a each year since their inception and have changed very little over time. These trials are presided over by a judge with a jury of expert assayers and were held at the Palace of Westminster before they were moved to the modern-day site at the Hall of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. The ceremony was so named after the boxwood chest in which coins were placed for presentation to the jury.