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Casual Metal Hunters Discover 1000-year old Viking Coins in Denmark

By: Puter Kang

In the muddy ground lie three old Viking coins. Three amateur metal-detectors at Northern Denmark got involved with Denmark history directly after surprisingly finding two Viking treasures: two coins. These two coins date back over 1,000 years.

The two hoards were buried around the same field, about 164 feet (50 meters) apart. The Danish coins date back to the reign of Viking King Harald Blåtand (958 - 987 CE).

One might ask: Then why are the coins so intriguing? It was merely a discovery of two coins, right? The recent discoveries have been becoming more and more interesting due to their proximity to a Viking settlement.

"The two silver treasures constitute a fantastic story in themselves, but to find them abandoned in a settlement only eight kilometers from Harald Blåtand's Viking fortress Fyrkat is incredibly exciting," says Nordjyske Museums archeologist Torben Trier Christiansen.

The coins will be investigated further this Autumn.

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