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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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  • Object type

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  • Denomination

    • solidus
  • Description

    gold solidus.(obverse) Bust right, wearing double pearled diadem with rosette. Sumptuous bejewelled drapery. Imperial style.
    (reverse) Standing figure in military costume, looking right, holding a standard and a little Victory, left foot trampling fallen bearded captive.

  • Date

    • 600 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Weight: 4.35 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Translation

      • Inscription Comment

        Modelled on solidi of Honorius
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Transliteration

      • Inscription Comment

        Also etra garbled letters, and inverted A in field
  • Bibliography

    • BMC Anglo-Saxon 1 1, p.1 bibliographic details
    • Sutherland 1948 S 22, pl. 2, 1 bibliographic details
  • Location


  • Condition

    Once fitted with loop for suspension.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    On ticket: G III R 67.2

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number


  • C&M Catalogue number

    • BA1p1.1


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