Viking Coin Hoard
- Year Found: 2007
The Vikings are some of the most notable people in history, so finding anything from their biggest time period is amazing. However, very few people ever expect to come across a Viking treasure. However, blessings must have come from Valhalla for a man named Tage Pettersson. One day in 2007, he came across two ancient-looking coins on his lawn. Uncertain about them, he called local archeologists, who then managed to uncover 67 more coins just like them on Pettersson’s land. However, two of the coins were incredibly rare. One had yet to be found anywhere in Sweden and the other is only the second of its kind to have been found up to this point.
Most of the coins found can be traced back to German, English, and Arabic currency from the late 900s to early 1000s CE. This was yet another point of proof regarding the looting Vikings did when going through European territories. The Islamic coins are not uncommon to see as the Vikings traded a lot with these coins due to sailing Russian rivers to reach the Middle East. English coins were more than likely tribute money, paid to keep Vikings from attacking them. Almost all of the coins were buried 1,300 feet from an ancient Viking settlement. It is likely that these random hoards acted like ancient safe deposit boxes, hidden in the ground until needed.