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Title: Hack silver
Item Name: Currency


Viking-age silver cut piece, found whilst metal detecting in the Hotham area in 2005. Roughly rectangular, decorated on one side with incised linear decoration. On the remaining fragment is a double line, a leaf, shading with small dots and some single lines. Probably Anglo-Scandinavian, perhaps from a brooch and of 11th century date. An example of "hack silver", used by the Vikings as a rough and ready form of currency.

Year: 950-1000(c)
Culture: Viking
Materials: silver
Measurements: L:2.5cm; W:1.6cm; T:c1.5cm; Wt:6g
ID_Number: ERYMS : 2006.82

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