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2020 Canada $125 75th Anniversary of UNESCO Fine Silver (No Tax)

2020 Canada $125 75th Anniversary of UNESCO Fine Silver (No Tax)
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2020 Canada $125 75th Anniversary of UNESCO 1/2 Kilo Fine Silver (No Tax)

It all began in 1968 when Norwegian explorer Helge Ingstad and his wife, archaeologist Anne Stine Ingstad, discovered a small bronze cloak pin and the remnants of a Viking encampment on the shores of Epaves Bay. Subsequent excavations, led by Dr. Bengt Schönbäck and Dr. Birgitta Wallace, uncovered hundreds of Norse artefacts and clarified L'Anse aux Meadows' place in the Vinland sagas. The eight timber-framed turf structures (three dwellings, one iron forge and four workshops) were built in the same 11th century style as those found in Greenland and Iceland. Evidence of activities indicate the location served as a base camp for further exploration south, which seemingly confirmed the journeys described in the Old Norse Sagas. In 1975, the archaeological site was established as a National Historic Site of Canada before being declared the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.

Item Number: 176738
Composition: 99.99% pure silver with selective gold plating
Mintage: 300
Weight: 502.5 g
Diameter: 85.52 mm
Face Value: $125
Finish: Proof
Edge: Serrated
Artist: Rebecca Yanovskaya (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

Special Features:
• A piece of fine art: From its depiction of Leif Erikson to the runic font, this premium collector piece shows you what we do best: exquisite artistry and exceptional craftsmanship.
• Dive into early Canadian history. This coin takes you on a time-travelling adventure to the site of the first (and only) authenticated Viking settlement in North America.
• Highlights a UNESCO World Heritage Site: In honour of UNESCO’s 75th anniversary, this meticulously engraved coin honours the history uncovered at Canada’s L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, which was named the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.

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