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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

    • dollar, 2000
  • Description

    Paper cheque.(obverse) Vignette of sailing ship facing three quarters left within scroll border far left, inscription to right in black print over revenue stamp in yellow featuring eagle with wings spread facing three quarters left: white background.
    (reverse) Handwritten inscription in black print and overstamp in blue: white background.


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  • Date

    • 1870
  • Production place

    • Issued in: San Francisco
    • (Americas,North America,United States of America,California,San Francisco County,San Francisco)
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 219 millimetres
    • Width: 83 millimetres
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  • Department

    Coins & Medals

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Object reference number: CBA326931

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