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Sensational Discovery of Persian Coins at Spillings in Othem Parish, Sweden



20 July 1999


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On Sunday 16th July 1999 the most sensational hoard discovery of the 20th century was made at Spillings in Othem Parish in Sweden.


It turned out to be the largest preserved Viking Age hoard in the world, and had been deposited in two caches situated three metres apart and weighing a grand total of 65 kilos! 


The components of the hoard – or rather hoards – are all considered to be nothing other than a medium of exchange. Several of the artefacts would seem to have originated from Scandinavian regions, but even objects from Ireland in the West to Russia in the East can be traced in the silver hoards. Much of the material has been grouped into units of equal weight. Both the hoards also include 12 000 – 13 000 coins, the majority of which are Persian and Islamic. The coins span a period of just over two centuries, from the 7th century Sasanid Empire of Iran to the 9th century Abbasid dynasties. The most recent coin dates from 866-867, which is also the preliminary TPQ of the hoard. Two coins are so-called Hedeby coins, minted in about 825 in the town Hedeby, then situated in Schleswig-Holstein.








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