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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.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Thomas Halliday (Biographical details)

Thomas Halliday (sculptor/medallist; British; Male; 1771 - 1844)

Also known as

Halliday, Thomas


Medallist, token-engraver, manufacturer of buttons, studs, etc.; like T. W. Ingram (q.v.) originally worked at Soho Mint before setting up own business, first at Islington Row and Ann Street, then at 69 Newhall Street for some 30 years until death; numerous apprentices included William Wyon (q.v.); produced some of the best commemorative medals of national and personal events, including Reform, Anti-Slavery and Public Institution medals; altered traditional design of calendar medal: square calendar table on obverse became shield-shaped, with law terms along edge; lunar table and inscriptions on reverse arranged in concentric circles around bust of reigning monarch; also issued medals of conventional design; calendar medals 1827-34 known in uninterrupted series.


Ackermann 2004, p. 41
Sweeny 2004, p. 25
Hawkins 1989, part 2, pp 240-52.
L Forrer, 'Biographical dictionary of medallists, vol.2', London 1904.