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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


Chocolate money

Chocolate money

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This piece of chocolate money is in the form of Chinese silver ingots which were used in China until the 1930s. The ingots were used to make large or official payments, such as taxes, and the inscriptions usually relate to that function. Some very small ingots, in gold or silver, were made to give as presents and these often had a good luck inscription on them.

Here, the chocolate ingot has been wrapped in gold foil, and has four stamped impressions on the top, making up the wish 'May wealth and treasure come to you!'