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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, 60.65
  • Description

    Paper cheque.(obverse) Bottom left, vignette of two males, wearing collared shirts and jackets, standing over document on top of packing crates, anchor and barrels, ship behind; revenue stamp above in blue featuring head of Liberty, left; inscription to right in black print on white background.
    (reverse) Inscription in black print and stamp in purple: white background.


  • Authority

  • Date

    • 1880
  • Production place

    • Issued in: Syracuse
    • (Americas,North America,United States of America,New York (state),Onondaga County,Syracuse)
  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 184 millimetres
    • Width: 71 millimetres
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  • Department

    Coins & Medals

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Object reference number: CBA326919

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