Irish Coin Daily: Viking Gold Trade Ingot


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Date: c. AD 900 – 1050

Viking Gold Trade Ingots

Photo source: PAS Database, Item ID (BH-720251)

Description:

Viking Gold Trade Ingot, 10th-11th century AD – a rectangular-section ingot of gold with irregular ends.

  • Weight: 23.47 grams
  • Length: 30mm (approx. 1 inch)
  • Metal content
    • Gold ~ approx. 67-69%
    • Silver ~ approx. 29-31%
    • Copper ~ approx. 2%

Country:

  • Ireland + Hiberno-Norse Northumbria

Category:

  • Viking
    • Proto-Currency
      • Gold Trading Ingot

 

Additional Information:

Some twenty gold ingots have been recorded from Britain and Ireland and, although many of them are single stray metal-detected finds, a number of them are doubtless of the Viking period (J. Graham-Campbell, 2011, The Cuerdale Hoard and related Viking-Age silver and gold from Britain and Ireland in the British Museum, London, British Museum Press, p. 84.

The ingot illustrated above is from Preston Capes (an area of Hiberno-Norse influence in the north of England) and is typical of those attributed to the Viking-age, i.e.

  • It is a cigar-shaped form
  • It has also been hammered prior to cutting (another Viking characteristic)

 


Coin-dated hoards from Ireland containing ingots or ingot-fragments

(dating from before 1000 AD (after Sheehan, 1998)

  • 905–06
    • Millockstown, Co Louth
  • c. 907
    • Dysart Island (n 4), Co Westmeath
  • c. 910?
    • Co Antrim
  • c. 910
    • Magheralagan, Co Down
  • c. 915
    • Leggagh, Co Meath
  • c. 928
    • Dunmore Cave (no 1), Co Kilkenny
  • c. 935
    • Co Dublin
  • c. 953
    • Monasterboice, Co Louth
  • c. 953
    • Mungret, Co Limerick
  • c. 970
    • Killincoole, Co Louth
  • c. 970
    • Kilkenny West, Co Westmeath
  • c.970?
    • Rahan (no 2), Co Offaly
  • 970s
    • Dunmore Cave (no 2), Co Kilkenny
  • c. 895
    • Ladestown, Co Westmeath
  • c. 986
    • Marl Valley, Co Westmeath

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