Viking ring, rare coins unearthed by child playing with metal detector

hundreds of vikings, Germanic, and Arabic silver coins and a silver ring were discovered by a young girl playing with a metal detector in Denmark, a local museum announced Friday.

The girl was playing in a corn field five miles away Viking Citadel Fyrkat when he discovered.

“A collection like this is very rare,” said Lars Christian Norbach, director of the Northern Jutland Museum. The coins will be displayed in a museum and the girl has received an undisclosed amount of compensation for her discovery.

The museum said the coin is from the 980s. Norbach postulates that this timeline would coincide with the construction of a Viking fortress by King Harald Bluetooth.

“The two silver treasures represent a completely fantastic story in themselves, but to bury them in a settlement only eight kilometers Herald Bluetooth’s Viking “Fort Firkat is incredibly exciting,” Torben Trier Christiansen, an archaeologist and curator at the museum, said in a statement.

A museum assistant holds a Viking arm-ring at the British Museum in London on December 14, 2011. These coins are part of the Silverdale Viking Hoard, which includes a total of 201 silver objects and one well-preserved lead container, and was discovered in September. 2011 in Silver with a metal-detector (Credit: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

coins and other finds

According to the museum’s statement, the coins contained a cross, indicating that the coins are from the end of King Bluetooth’s reign.

It is believed that King Bluetooth “introduced the cross coins as propaganda in connection with his Christianization of the Danes – i.e. as a further dissemination of Harald’s message on the great Jelling Stone, which was erected around the year 965”. “

Apart from the coins, the girl also took out 70 grams of silver.

The silver “cut consists of two elaborately braided balls on a small piece of silver rod, which were originally part of an unusually large ring pin.”

The museum said that based on the high quality and quantity of silver, the ring most likely belonged to a bishop or king. The statement said the ring was likely to have been robbed during a raiding operation.