2017 Great Britain £5 Silver Coronation of King Canute Piedfort

2017 Great Britain £5 Silver Coronation of King Canute Piedfort

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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.

Coin Highlights:
  • 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.

Celebrate this historic date and add this 2017 Great Britain £5 Silver Coronation of King Canute Piedfort coin to your cart today!

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.

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