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Norway, 1993 AD., 100th Anniversary Polar Exploration by Fridtjof Nansen, issuer: CITV, Vaduz, Switzerland, minted by Valcambi S.A., Switzerland, 5 Ecu medallic coinage, KM X 11.

Norway, 100th Anniversary Polar Exploration by Fridtjof Nansen, issuer: CITV, Vaduz, Switzerland, minted by Valcambi S.A.(?), Switzerland, 1993 AD.,
5 Ecu medallic coinage (ø 38,6 mm / 26,13 g), copper-nickel, mintage 5.000 , axes coin alignment ↑↓ (180°), reeded edge,
Obv.: FRIDTJOF - NANSEN / 100° ANNIVERSARY / Medalje / ikke gyldig betalingsmiddel , a dogsled of six dogs on left, to right bust of Fridtjof Nansen facing.
Rev.: NORWAY - NORGE - NORWEGEN / 5 / ECU / 1A POLAR EXPEDITION 1893 / 1993 / {CH} - RG , a ship enclosed by polar ice, mint mark CH in a circle (Valcambi S.A., Switzerland ?) to left, (engraver´s ?) initials RG to right.
KM (Unusual World Coins) X 11 .

Year / Mint Mark / Mintage
1993 / {CH} - RG / 5.000

Fridtjof Nansen (10 October 1861 – 13 May 1930) was a Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. In his youth a champion skier and ice skater, he led the team that made the first crossing of the Greenland interior in 1888, cross-country skiing on the island, and won international fame after reaching a record northern latitude of 86°14′ during his North Pole expedition of 1893–96. Although he retired from exploration after his return to Norway, his techniques of polar travel and his innovations in equipment and clothing influenced a generation of subsequent Arctic and Antarctic expeditions.
Nansen's Fram expedition was an 1893–1896 attempt by the Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen to reach the geographical North Pole by harnessing the natural east–west current of the Arctic Ocean. In the face of much discouragement from other polar explorers, Nansen took his ship Fram to the New Siberian Islands in the eastern Arctic Ocean, froze her into the pack ice, and waited for the drift to carry her towards the pole. Impatient with the slow speed and erratic character of the drift, after 18 months Nansen and a chosen companion, Hjalmar Johansen, left the ship with a team of dogs and sledges and made for the pole. They did not reach it, but they achieved a record Farthest North latitude of 86°13.6′N before a long retreat over ice and water to reach safety in Franz Josef Land. Meanwhile Fram continued to drift westward, finally emerging in the North Atlantic Ocean.
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