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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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    Share certificate.(obverse) Three vignettes above inscription, in eight lines: at left and right, cherubs seated back to back, figure on right wearing winged helmet and holding caduceus in right hand; at centre, male, draped, seated left, head three quarters right, holding shield, eagle to left; above left and right, head of male within circular border, laureate, right; at bottom centre, eagle standing facing front on rock, wings spread: black print on white background.
    (reverse) Handwritten inscription, in black ink on white background.


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    • 1842
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    • Length: 228 millimetres
    • Width: 146 millimetres
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    Coins & Medals

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