Blog posts related to numismatic history and trivia.

A collection of coins commemorating viking and Scandinavian explorers.

How the Viking took the Columbian Expo by storm!

In 1880, just past the new year, two sons of a Gokstad farmer were digging in their field when they came upon ancient timbers. By May of that year the site had been converted into a true archeological dig and from the field emerged the prow of a ship and, in time, a complete clinker-built viking ship. This was the first nearly complete viking ship to be seen by the world in more than half a millennium. Careful excavation and analysis of the find uncovered a specimen exact enough to allow the plans of construction for such a ship to be rendered anew and in 1892 the project to resurrect the Gokstad ship was underway […]