US Commemorative Dollar Uncirculated 2000-P Leif Ericson

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    According to the historical sagas written about the life and times of Leif Ericson in the Middle Ages, Ericson traveled from Greenland to Norway in 999 and converted to Christianity. Upon his return voyage to Greenland to introduce the religion to the country, this ship was blown off course. What could have been a life threatening occurrence at sea, actually seared his name in history books forever. It was on this voyage he made landfall at Vinland, believed to be modern day Newfoundland, Canada. He is said to have called the land Vinland because he found it to be full of vines and grapes.

    The obverse of the 2000 Uncirculated Leif Ericson Millennium Commemorative Silver dollar depicts a bust of Leif Ericson. He is wearing a traditional Viking military helmet and what appears to be chainmail about his shoulders. John Mercanti, the designer of the obverse of the coin, modeled it after the Iclandic coin that debuted the same year. The reverse of the coin shows a Viking ship sailing West towards the New World. Leif Ericson is at the helm of the ship with his arms open welcoming the sight of land. Along the edge of the coin are the words “Founders of the New World”. The reverse of the coin was designed by James Ferrell.

    The 2000 Uncirculated Leif Ericson Millennium Commemorative Silver dollar has a mintage of 28,150 coins. This is only a small fraction of the amount of proof coins minted that year. The coin was designed to commemorate the thousandth year anniversary of Ericson’s famous voyage. If you have any questions regarding this or any commemorative coin, please call our knowledgeable staff at (800) 735-1311.

  • Details:
    • Denomination: $1
    • Year: 2000
    • Diameter: 26.5 mm
    • Mint Mark: P
    • Thickness: 2 mm
    • Grade: Ungraded

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