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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Projecting power: coins of the emperor Nero showing him ageing

Nero is seen ageing and gaining weight in this series of coins issued up to his early death at 30. The depictions of him appear to be true to life, and to modern eyes were not intended to flatter.

Find out more about the Citi Money Gallery (Room 68) 

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Portraits of Emperor Nero from his gold coins, morphing to show him ageing

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