Off the coast of the Irish Sea, humans have lived on the Isle of Man since before 6500 B.C. The island has a robust history of Viking Age treasures. According to a recent announcement from Manx National Heritage, a heritage agency located there, an amateur treasure hunter recently discovered a hoard of Viking silver on the island. U.S.-based researcher and numismatist, Dr. Kristin Bornholdt-Collins, said the unearthed Viking silver hoard was similar to today’s cryptocurrency and embodied a 1,000-year-old comparison to Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin.
Viking ‘Hack’ Silver Hoard Was Modern-Day Equivalent to a Cryptocurrency
Just recently, an amateur treasure hunter searching for trinkets on the Isle of Man found a hoard of Viking silver otherwise known as “hack silver.” Manx National Heritage disclosed that the stash of ancient money contained 87 silver coins, 13 pieces of silver arm-rings, and a small fraction of other numismatic artifacts. The Viking stash was discovered in April when Kath Giles was hoovering around with a metal detector on private land.
Giles’ discovery was the third major treasure find on the Island of Man in less than six months, and Giles has managed to dig up at least four significant treasure finds in three years. Dr. Kristin Bornholdt-Collins, an independent researcher and numismatist based in New Hampshire, U.S., explained that the silver includes Dublin-minted pennies and “long cross” pennies which could be cut in half.
The latest stash of Viking silver may have stemmed from the age of the famous Viking called “Silkbeard.” Image credit: Manx National Heritage.
The Manx National Heritage announcement notes that the Viking coins have a “90% silver content.” The stash of coins Giles discovered is referred to as a “mixed hoard of Viking Age silver coins.”