Designed especially to kick off our 2017 collection, Aleksey Saburov's Nightmares of Fall is a delightfully spooky coin with a Halloween theme. This special edition design has a limited production of just 1,500 pieces and has an attractive antique finish.
The obverse features a haunting tree, bare of its foliage so that its branches form arms and hands, and its twisted trunk reveals a unearthly face. The reverse is a magnificently designed piece of art with nightmarish motifs and an autumnal edge. From under a cracked pumpkin shell peers a forgotten skull, draped with spiderwebs and spiders. A gleaming smooth full moon with the silhouette of a bat in flight creates a bold focal point to complete the piece.
Nightmares of the Fall at a Glance:
1 Troy Ounce / 31.1 grams
.999 Fine Investment Grade Silver
hand-scraped antique finish
edge-numbered with unique production number
encapsulated in a clear plastic airtite
The Viking Berserker
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With the popularity in all things Viking, it’s not surprising people are going berserk Aleksey Saburov’s latest hobo nickel.
Meet the crazy shield biting, fire eating, Viking Berserkers.
Expert bas-relief sculptor Aleksey Saburov, masterfully captures the frenzied persona of these madmen as they lose their minds in berserkergang – the act of going berserk.
The obverse displays our bearded Norse heathen with his battle ax in hand. But notice if you will the most striking feature - his eyes. The Bersker was not just a fierce warrior you see. When in his trance-like battle state, he was a crazy animal, driven by madness. To many he was unstable, even considered to be schizophrenic. To some scholars, he was in the throes of a PTSD-like hyperarousal. Many believe it was the product of a drug and booze fuelled rampage, while others say it is ritualistic magic and cult.
Regardless of reason, it is the deft sculpting in his eyes you get a true sense of the Berserker’s blank fury. You feel the warrior is present in body, but not in mind.
The reverse shows our raging warriors fighting a fierce dragon-like sea monster. The Berserkers were often known to display superhuman strength. They took on the characteristics of wild bears and wolves, ripping apart their foes no matter how menacing. To the Berserkers, no enemy was too great – even a giant sea dragon.
The Berserkers were known to wear nothing but animal pelts into battle. It is thought the origins of the name came from an old Norse word meaning ‘bear-shirt’, although this remains debated. They were eventually outlawed in Norway in 1015. And by the 12th Century, most gangs had disappeared.