Seller: ewswart (1,096) 100%, Location: Waterbury, Connecticut, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 264227901224 Viking Hack Silver Anglo Saxon Medieval style reproduction 680 (68% silver) 39.5 grams hacksilver.Actual items shown in top left corner of last photo from museum.Hand made by me. Combined shipping available. Place in cart and request total. Thanks. The Cuerdale Hoard is a hoard of more than 8,600 items, including silver coins, English and Carolingian jewellery, hacksilver and ingots. It was discovered on 15 May 1840 on the southern bank of a bend of the River Ribble, in an area called Cuerdale near Preston, Lancashire, England. The Cuerdale Hoard is one of the largest Viking silver hoards ever found, four times larger than its nearest rival in Britain or Ireland, according to Richard Hall. In weight and number of pieces, it is second only to the Spillings Hoard found on Gotland, Sweden "Silver was very important in the Viking Age. The metal was easy to mould, cut, and its near indestructible nature allowed Vikings, and other groups, to hoard it underground. Silver fragments of arm-rings, coins, ingots, rods, etc. that have been purposely cut are referred to as ‘hacksilver’. The image above shows several pieces of hacksilver that were found as a part of a silver hoard in Kaupang. The numerous hoards of hacksilver that have been found across the Viking world indicate that fragmented silver was used as currency, and that the price of an object was paid for by the weight and quality of silver. The images below show a set of bronze scales and weights used in the Viking Age. This bullion economy was based on Islamic influences, and it quickly spread from Russia to the Jutlandic Peninsula by the end of the 9th century. Cut Islamic dirhams weren’t an unusual occurrence in silver hoards. The spread of Islamic dirhams has circulated all throughout the Viking world, and new evidence has shown that dirhams have even been found at the Torksey, a winter camp for the Great Army from AD 872- 873." other photo is of an actual Viking treasure hoard found.