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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

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.

This gallery displays the history of money around the world.

From the earliest evidence, to the latest developments in digital technology, money has been an important part of human societies. Looking at the history of money gives us a way to understand the history of the world.

Chinese Ming banknote

Chinese Ming banknote
China, AD 1375.


Visit gallery

Floorplan showing Room 68

Admission free, open late Fridays

Stories of Money

Stories of money

Discover the ideas and objects explored in this gallery 

From the earliest objects used for exchange, to the technology changing the way we spend

Temporary display

A hoard from the dawn of Roman Britain

In 2010 a metal-detector user in the English county of Dorset found a hoard of coins dating to the Roman conquest of Britain in AD 43.

The hoard includes Iron Age and Roman Republican coins, as well as coins issued by the emperor Claudius between AD 41 and 50. This could be the contents of a purse lost by a Roman soldier as his legion (the famous Legio II Augusta) advanced through southern England in the years immediately after the conquest.

Find out more about the coins