Treasure of the British Museum: The Cuerdale Hoard

The Cuerdale Hoard  Viking, buried about AD 905 Found at Cuerdale, Lancashire, England The largest Viking Age silver hoard known from north-western Europe of over 8,500 objects buried in a lead-lined chest. It was found by workmen in the bank of the River Ribble in 1840.

The hoard which weighs 88 pounds contained coins, together with ingots, amulets, chains, rings and cut-up brooches and armlets. Silver formed the basis of currency in the Viking Age and it was often buried in times of unrest, like when the Vikings were expelled from Dublin in 902 AD.. Most of the coins were minted in Viking England. Some are of Anglo-Saxon, Continental and Arabic origin, which indicates extensive trading or political links at this time.  © Trustees of the British Museum

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