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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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    Silver coin.(obverse) Head of Aphrodite left, three rows of formal curls on fore-head, hair fastened by band passing three times round it, and caught up behind; wears earring of peculiar shape; truncation on neck dotted.
    (reverse) Tetraskeles left; in dotted incuse square: in one angle, anchor.


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    • 480BC-460BC (circa)
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    • Weight: 9.42 grammes
    • Diameter: 18 millimetres
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        S[P] PÑ [TAZ] A
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    • BMC Greek (Lycia, Pamphylia) 96, p.21 bibliographic details
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    Coins & Medals

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    • GC19p21.96
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