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2017 United Kingdom £5 BU Coin "Coronation of King Canute 1000 Years"

RSM Price: $24.95
Item Number: 17UKBMBU1
  • Mint: British Royal Mint
  • Denomination: £5
  • Quality: Brilliant Uncirculated
  • Issue limit: N/A
  • Alloy: Base Metal
  • Diameter: 38.61 mm
  • Weight: 28.28 grams
  • Artist: Lee R Jones/Jody Clark
  • Box/Capsule: No/Blister
  • Certificate: Printed Folder
 

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This release commemorates the 1000th anniversary of King Canutes coronation in 1017.

King Canute the Great (c. 995–1035) was King of Denmark, England, and Norway, together often referred to as the Anglo-Scandinavian or North Sea Empire. Canute (also known as Cnut, Knut or Knutr) was crowned king of England in 1017 and, because he was a Viking king, he was able to protect England against the devastating Viking raids it had suffered for 100 years. As a Christian, and as part of his self-promotion as a peaceful "English" king, he also made many generous gifts to the church. By bringing 20 years of peace and allowing trade and art to flourish, he paved the way for the nation of England we recognize today. After his death, the deaths of his heirs within a decade, and the Norman conquest of England in 1066, his legacy was mostly forgotten.

Canute died at Shaftesbury in Dorset, and was buried in the Old Minster, Winchester, the site of today's Winchester Cathedral. Canute's reign might have become the foundation for a complete political union between England and Scandinavia if it were not for the deaths of all his children so shortly after his own.

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