Eric Haraldsson, otherwise known as Bloodaxe, is one of the most famous Vikings. He is most known for being a warrior and king of Norway who gained his throne through the gradual extermination of all of his brothers. However, his history often needs clarification between myth and legend. Historians have gathered that he was a brutal, oppressive, and unpopular brief ruler of Norway and Northumbria (modern-day north England).When Haraldsson’s father died, he killed his half-brothers to gain complete control of Norway. One legend recounts that his surviving younger brother, Hakon, challenged him for control of the kingdom, which Haraldsson gave up without a fight. Later, he was banished from Norway and traveled to Northumbria, where he led bloody raids upon Scotland. Additional legends indicate he invaded Northumbria and forced his way into kingship. Still others state he was made a sub-king by King Athelstan, a friend of his father, and ruled from 947-948 and 952-954 A.D.
2023 Niue $5 Eric Bloodaxe Legendary Warriors 2oz High Relief Silver Coin NGC MS70 Antiqued
The brutal Viking king.
- Limited mintage of 500
- First coin in the Legendary Warriors Series
- Ultra High Relief with Gold-Toned Highlights
- 2 oz .999 Fine Silver Gilded and Antiqued
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