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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

    • baisa (100)
  • Description

    Bi-metal coin.(obverse) Gold coloured metal centre with a design of a dagger over two crossed swords, sitting above an inscription. Surrounded by a white metal outer circle, containing an inscription.
    (reverse) Outer white metal outer circle containing an inscription; inner gold metal circle depicting a palace sitting on a hill surrounded by birds and palm trees, with sailing ships floating in water in the foreground.


  • Date

    • 1992
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Weight: 6.15 grammes
    • Diameter: 25 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        100 years of coinage
  • Location


  • Exhibition history

    coin spiral

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Associated events

    • Named in Inscription: 100 Years of coinage
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    Coins & Medals

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