Ingots of this size and shape were used as a convenient way to store and carry silver in the Viking Age. They might be cut up into pieces (hacksilver) to be used as bullion for payments, or be processed into jewellery. Analysis of silver ingots from this period shows that many were made from silver mined in the Middle East. This silver was probably originally used to mint Arabic dirhams (a type of coin) but was melted down by the Vikings to make it more easily portable.
- circa 753 — 1066
- Viking Objects
- Derby Museum and Art Gallery
- bullion, Derby_Museums, Derbyshire, Economy, hacksilver, ingot, metal_working, trade, Viking Age
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