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Penny of Anlaf Guthfrithsson, York, A.D. 939–41. Silver. Gift of Reverend William H. Owen, B.A. 1897

February 24, 2020

Viking Coins from England

A selection of Viking coins from the first half of the 10th century is now on view in the Bela Lyon Pratt Gallery. The display highlights how the Vikings replicated the imagery of coins from the lands they settled and offers insight into how Viking rulers wanted to be perceived. Upon conquering kingdoms in eastern England in the A.D. 870s and A.D. 880s, the Vikings adopted coinage to help establish their economic and political power. They presented themselves as the equals of the English and the French by imitating their coin designs.