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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

    • pound,1
  • Description

    Banknote.(obverse) Portrait of an unknown male to the right in sepia. The banknote has a blue frame and an aqua background. The first inscritpion is at the top with the serial number below and repeated below the portrait. The next inscription is in the centre with the denomination in the bottom left corner. Along the bottom are the three signatures with their titles above. On each of the top two corners is the denomination repeated.
    (reverse) Image in sepia of a boat sailing on the water carrying passengers. Either side are the denominations with the first inscription at the top of the banknote and the second at the bottom.


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  • Date

    • 1960s
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 152 millimetres
    • Width: 76 millimetres
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  • Department

    Coins & Medals

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  • Banknote serial number

    • 54Y447168

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