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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


The Citi Money

Room 68

From prehistory
to the present day

Interactive tour

The history of money can be traced back over 4,000 years. During this time, currency has taken many different forms, from coins to banknotes, shells to mobile phones.

Curator Ben Alsop takes you on a tour of the Citi Money Gallery.

Click and drag in any direction. Hold your left mouse button down and move your mouse left and right to explore this 360° video.

Electrum 1/6 stater

Electrum 1/6 stater
Lydian, about 650-600 BC From western modern Turkey.