Leif Ericson Millenium Silver Dollar
Nearly 500 years before Columbus, Leif Ericson came to the New World. This Viking and his fellow Norsemen landed on the shores of North America at the start of the last millenium—around A.D. 1000. Unlike his icy homeland, the shores Ericson discovered were rich with fruit, flowers, and other plants. He named the new place “Vinland” for its many grape vines.
Exploring was nothing new to Leif Ericson. His father, Erik the Red, was the first European to sail to Greenland and set up a community. In fact, he moved his family there from Iceland when Leif was a small child.
The Icelandic government also created its own commemorative coins to honor the famous explorer.