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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

 

Home-made red money envelopes


Home-made red money envelopes


Height: 65.000 mm ((folded))
Width: 33.000 mm ((folded))
Height: 65.000 mm ((folded))
Width: 33.000 mm ((folded))

CM 2005-9-7-1 and 2005-9-7-2


These home-made red envelopes were found among the possessions of the late Trevor William Butcher (died 1955), who served in the Royal Army Service Corps in India, Burma, Malaya and Singapore during the 1940s, 50s and 60s. They are some of the earliest ones in the British Museum's collection.

Each envelope was made from a square piece of red paper, folded into a rectangular shape, with a hand-written inscription on the front. Each contains two low value coins: a 1-cent coin and a 5-cent coin issued by the Commissioners of Currency, Malaya, in the 1940s or 1950s.

The envelopes bear very similar inscriptions:
Happiness, year after year!
and
Peace and happiness, year after year!