Over 200 Viking coins found in Danish wetlands

The city of Ribe in west Jutland can not only claim to be Denmark’s oldest town, but it can now boast to be the site of one of the most interesting archaeological finds in Danish history.

Over 200 Viking coins found in Danish wetlands
Treasures in the soil [Credit: Museum of Southwest Jutland]

In a nearby bog, archaeologists have uncovered 248 coins that are believed to have been minted over 1,000 years ago – way back in the early 9th century.
The excavation, which is ongoing, is unique because only ten such coins have been found worldwide until now, according to the curator of the Museum of Southwest Jutland, Claus Feveile.

Over 200 Viking coins found in Danish wetlands
The so-called face/deer money [Credit: Museum of Southwest Jutland]

“This is an exceptional find that means a quantum leap in our understanding of minting. They are Danish coins and clearly minted for the purpose of being implemented in Ribe,” Feveile told DR Nyheder.
“This completely shifts our understanding of how we used to mint and the process of coin production.”

Over 200 Viking coins found in Danish wetlands
With the excavator, the archaeologists scrape off thin layers and the surface is thoroughly
scoured with metal detectors
 [Credit: Museum of Southwest Jutland]

The coins were found in an old bog area, and this has meant that the coins have been preserved to the point where they look almost freshly-minted.

The discovery will assist archaeologists in studying coin dies and learning more about the kingship behind the minting.

The coins will be on display at the Museum of Southwest Jutland from October 29 to November 4.

Source: The Copenhagen Post [October 25, 2018]

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Dry Danube reveals hidden treasure in Hungary

A treasure trove of some 2,000 gold and silver coins has been found on the Danube riverbed in Hungary thanks to an exceptionally low water level, archaeologists said on Thursday.

Dry Danube reveals hidden treasure in Hungary
Hungarian archaeologists inspect the site where they found coins from the 16th-17th centuries and special
weapons on the banks of the Danube river due to its low water level [Credit: Ferenic Isza/AFP]

“Around 2,000 coins have been found, as well as arms, pikes, cannon balls and swords,” Katalin Kovacs, an archaeologist with the Ferenczy Museum Center, told the MTI agency.
The discovery was made this week where the river passes by the town of Erd, to the south of Budapest.

Dry Danube reveals hidden treasure in Hungary
Researchers from the Ferenczy Museum Centre from Szentendre have found the
 sensational treasures in the past few days [Credit: Ferenic Isza/AFP]

Archaeologists are working frantically, assisted by divers and drones, to extract what they can from the site before a rise in river levels expected this weekend.
Like other rivers across Europe, the Danube is in some places at a historically low level after a long period of dry weather. In Budapest it is running at a mere 38cm, which has affected shipping traffic.

Dry Danube reveals hidden treasure in Hungary
According to archaeologists working on site, the treasure comes from a cargo of a commercial
ship that probably sank in the 18th century [Credit: Ferenic Isza/AFP]

The treasure, which includes ducats and pennies, was found amid the wreck of a trading boat whose origin is not yet known, archaeologists said.Like many rivers across Europe, the Danube is in some places at a historically low level after a long period of dry weather
“The coins are 90 percent foreign and date from between 1630 and 1743”, archaeologist Balazs Nagy told the Klub radio station, adding that they had been minted in “the Netherlands, in France, Zurich and even the Vatican”.

Dry Danube reveals hidden treasure in Hungary
The water level is exceptionally low at the moment revealing incredibly rare treasures
from the cargo of an unknown commercial ship [Credit: Ferenic Isza/AFP]

The low level of the Danube has already revealed the remains of Budapest’s former Franz Josef bridge, which was destroyed during World War II, as well as an American bomb from the same period.

Source: AFP [October 25, 2018]

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