Date: c. AD 900 – 1050
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%
- Ireland + Hiberno-Norse Northumbria
- Gold Trading Ingot
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)