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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.

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  • Denomination

    • halfpenny
  • Description

    Metal alloy token.(edge) Inscription.
    (obverse) Bust of Robert Bird Wilkins facing left. Legend inscription.
    (reverse) An antique ship with one sail sailing on the sea. Legend inscription.

  • Authority

  • Date

    • 1792
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Type series

    • English Token
  • Dimensions

    • Weight: 10.53 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

        ISLE OF WIGHT HALFPENNY / 1 7 9 2
      • Inscription Comment

        Date at the bottom reads anti-clockwise. The rest of the inscription reads clockwise along the top and sides.
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

        PAYABLE AT HIS OFFICE NEWPORT ......X .......
  • Bibliography

    • Dalton & Hamer 46, p.45 bibliographic details
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  • Department

    Coins & Medals

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Metal alloy token.

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