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Viking-era Sasanian and Arab-Sasanian Silver Coins Found in Sweden


02 November 2006




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  A handful of Sasanian and Arab-Sasanian silver coins found by brothers Arvid, left, and Edvin Sandborg, right, on the Swedish island of Gotland Oct. 30, 2006. The 1,100 coins, along with several silver bracelets, formed a three kilo (6.6 lbs) Viking treasure trove that the brothers found buried on a neighbor's property last week. Credit: AP Photo/Tobias Wallstrom




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Swedish experts have confirmed the finding of over 1,100 silver Sasanian and Arab-Sasanian coins in a Viking-era hoard discovered by chance on the Swedish island of Gotland.


The treasure was believed to have been buried in the 10th century and weighed about 3 kilos (7 pounds), local curator Majvor Ostergren told the TT news agency.


Edvin Sandborg, 20, and his 17-year-old brother Arvid said they found the hoard last week when they were helping a neighbor with his garden. 


The brothers said they dug up more than 100 coins and decided to contact a local museum, which sent archeologists to excavate the site.


Officials said the two brothers could expect a finder's fee from the government, but it was unclear how much they would be paid.


Dozens of silver hoards have been uncovered on Gotland, the largest island in the Baltic Sea, which used to be a major trade center for the Vikings.


Over 700 Viking treasure troves have been found on the island of Gotland, which lies off Sweden's east coast. The world's largest known Viking hoard was found on the island in 1997. The find included coins and jewelry, amounting to about 65 kilos (143 pounds) of silver and 20 kilos (44 pounds) of bronze.






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