Gold Ounce 2022 Viking Age - Prosperity, Coin from Cameroon - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2022 Viking Age - Prosperity, Coin from Cameroon
CoinGold Ounce 2022 Viking Age - Prosperity

The Republic of Cameroon uses the Central African CFA Franc as its currency; it is the common currency of six independent states in central Africa: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. The CFA Franc has both common and national issues. All common circulating coins are issued under the authority of CEMAC ("Communauté Économique et Monétaire de l'Afrique Centrale" - Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa) and have no issuing country. Separately, each member country can strike coins bearing its national symbols; these coins are legal tender in the other members of the bloc too.

Cameroon has authorised some foreign mints to strike coins under its issuing authority for investment or for collector's purposes. These are usually dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to the country itself. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes, such as the internationally popular one troy ounce (1oz) of gold.

This coin is the first issue in the ten-coin gold Viking Age series by Leipziger Precious Metals Factory (LEV), a division of Geiger Edelmetalle, and is dedicated to Prosperity.

The Viking Age series commemorates 10 topics that embody the ideas and accomplishments of the Norseman, also known as Vikings. From approximately 793 AD through 1066 AD, Vikings conquered lands and undertook an incredible level of trade from Europe to as far as North America.

The Age of the Vikings marks the end of the prehistoric period in Norway. As there are no written records, what is known about this period is largely based on archaeological finds. In addition, the sagas shed some light on this age. Although they were not written down until later, the sagas are based on oral tales that were passed down from one generation to another.

Many scholars consider the capture of the monastery of Lindisfarne, off the coast of north-east England, in 793 as the beginning of the Viking Age. In some parts of western and south-western Europe, the Vikings are still regarded as cruel bandits who brought chaos to their victims with fire and sword.

This is only partly true. The Vikings also came with peaceful intentions, trading and colonising. Norwegian Vikings settled in Orkney, Shetland, the Hebrides and the Isle of Man. The northern Scottish mainland and Ireland also became their home, and Dublin - founded by the Vikings in 840 - was under Norse rule until 1171. In Iceland and Greenland, the Norwegian Vikings found uninhabited land. They settled there and formed communities. Today's Iceland is a direct result of the Vikings' colonisation.

MintLeipziger Edelmetallverarbeitung Mint MarkLEV Total Mintage250
Cameroon / Gold Ounce 2022 Viking Age - Prosperity - obverse photo

Within a beaded border, the obverse of the coin displays the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (her fifth effigy by Jody Clark, in what looks to be a reworked version). Normally, the designer's initials are below the neck truncation, but they are not present here. Instead of the designer's initials, the hallmark Au 999.9 (99.99% gold).

Given that Cameroon has been a republic since it gained independence in 1960, it is unclear why the Queen's effigy is displayed on the coin.

Below it, a small Coat of Arms of the Republic of Cameroon. It features a shield divided in three parts by two diagonal lines; in the central section, an upright sword and scales are superimposed on the outline of the map of the country, above which there is a five-pointed star. Behind the shield, two crossed bundles of rods with axes in the middle. Around above, the motto PAIX TRAVAIL PATRIE in French; in small letters below these, the same in English: PEACE WORK FATHERLAND.

Around the rim, above: ELIZABETH II 3000 FRANCS CFA 2022 (three thousand Central African CFA Francs).

Around below, divided by the Coat of Arms, the name of the country in English: · REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON ·.

Cameroon / Gold Ounce 2022 Viking Age - Prosperity - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts a laughing Viking brandishing a large sword with his left hand. In the background, a Viking sailing boat with two Viking warriors.

Around above left in the inner circle, a runic inscription. Around below left, the metal content 1 oz Au 999.9 (one troy ounce of 99.99% gold), followed by a diamond shape with the LEV mint mark (abbreviated from Leipziger Edelmetallverarbeitung, a subsidiary of Geiger Edelmetalle).

Around above left near the rim, the name of the coin series: THE VIKING AGE. The rim is decorated in Nordic style.

Reverse Inscription THE VIKING AGE 1 oz Au 999.9
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: in acrylic capsule.

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Gold Ounce 2022 Viking Age - Prosperity: Details
CurrencyCentral African CFA Franc, Cameroon
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
SymbolQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value3000 (x Franc)
Total Mintage250
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.6000 mm
Mass31.1350 g
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