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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


money and medals

12 January – 25 June 2006

Exhibition closed

Room 69a

Michelangelo: money and medals offers a crucial perspective on Michelangelo's extraordinary life to preface the Museum's major spring exhibition Michelangelo drawings: closer to the master.

Through rare coins and medals from across Renaissance Italy, explore the political contexts and monetary transactions which shaped Michelangelo's career.

Discover how he combined ambition and frugality to become the richest and most sought after artist in Europe - paid twelve times his nearest rival, Titian. And examine the medallic portraits of the powerful patrons and friends who appear in Michelangelo's work, alongside the only contemporary medal of the artist himself.

Detail from a lead medal of Michelangelo, by Leone Leoni

Detail from a lead medal of Michelangelo, by Leone Leoni