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Hoard

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from Storr Rock, Skye

Postcard of Hoard.
000-100-043-777-C
© National Museums Scotland

Hoard

This hoard of hacksilver was buried with Anglo-Saxon and Arabic coins at Storr Rock on Skye around 935 to 940. The nature of the hoard and mixture of coins and bullion from far-flung areas indicate that it belonged to a Viking trader or settler.

The hacksilver consists of a twisted silver rod of a Baltic type, two penannular brooch terminal fragments (one of Scandinavian origin and one of probable Irish origin) and fragments of bracelets, rods, and ingots.

In the Viking world, silver and, to a lesser extent, gold were used as a medium of exchange, weighed on balances. Any type of silver, complete objects, coins or hacksilver, was valid tender. Much of the silver was nicked and bent to test its purity.


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Online ID: 000-100-043-777-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IL 304
Date: Buried between 935 and 940
Material: Cut into short length
Cut into short length
Cut into short length
Cut into short length
Cut into short length
Cut into short length
Cut into short length
Cut into short length
Cut into short length
Cut into short length
Silver; cut into short length
Silver; cut into short length
Silver; cut into short length
Silver; cut into short length
Silver; cut into short length
Silver; flat; double row of circular punch marks
Silver; hammered
Silver; hammered
Silver; hammered
Silver; interlaced ornament
Silver; interlaced ornament
Silver; spiral pattern without ends
Silver; thin; flat; ornamented with four rows of punch marks
Dimensions:
What: Band / portion
Bracelet, penannular / portion
Brooch, penannular / portion
Brooch, penannular / portion
Ingot / portion
Ingot / portion
Ingot / portion
Ingot / portion
Ingot / portion
Ingot / portion
Ingot / portion
Ingot / portion
Ingot / portion
Ingot / portion
Ingot / portion
Ingot / portion
Ingot / portion
Ingot / portion
Ingot / portion
Ring, neck
Silver, hammered / portion
Silver, hammered / portion
Silver, hammered / portion
Subject:
Who:
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye, Storr Rock
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye, Storr Rock
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye, Storr Rock
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye, Storr Rock
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye, Storr Rock
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye, Storr Rock
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye, Storr Rock
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye, Storr Rock
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye, Storr Rock
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye, Storr Rock
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye, Storr Rock
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye, Storr Rock
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye, Storr Rock
Event:
Description: Silver neck ring of spiral pattern without ends, from Storr Rock, Skye
Terminal portion of a penannular silver brooch with interlaced ornament, from Storr Rock, Skye
Terminal portion of a penannular silver brooch with interlaced ornament, from Storr Rock, Skye
Portion of a flat penannular silver bracelet with a double row of circular punch marks, from Storr Rock, Skye
Portion of a thin flat silver band ornamented with four rows of punch marks, from Storr Rock, Skye
Portion of hammered silver from Storr Rock, Skye
Portion of hammered silver from Storr Rock, Skye
Portion of hammered silver from Storr Rock, Skye
Portion of an ingot from Skye
Portion of an ingot from Skye
Portion of an ingot from Skye
Portion of an ingot from Skye
Portion of an ingot from Skye
Portion of an ingot from Skye
Portion of an ingot from Skye
Portion of an ingot from Skye
Portion of an ingot from Skye
Portion of an ingot from Skye
Portion of a silver ingot from Storr Rock, Skye
Portion of a silver ingot from Storr Rock, Skye
Portion of a silver ingot from Storr Rock, Skye
Portion of a silver ingot from Storr Rock, Skye
Portion of a silver ingot from Storr Rock, Skye
References:
  • Graham-Campbell, James. The Viking-age gold and silver of Scotland (AD 850-1100). Edinburgh: National Museums of Scotland, 1995, pp. 144-6. 
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