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)
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