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Silverdale Hoard, Lancaster City Museum, Lancaster

Silverdale Hoard, Lancaster City Museum, Lancaster
Silverdale Hoard, Lancaster City Museum, Lancaster
Silverdale Hoard, Lancaster City Museum, Lancaster
Silverdale Hoard, Lancaster City Museum, Lancaster
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ZEC20140303004
Silverdale Hoard, Lancaster City Museum, Lancaster
Lancaster
Two pieces of hacksilver taken from the same item - taken from the terminal plates of a pseudo-penannular brooch. These were based on the circular brooches with a stick pin fixed to them that were used to fix a cloak in place (a penannular brooch). Pseudo-penannular brooches mimiced the design but did not have the same function. The design of these pieces is very similar to Irish pieces of the late 9th century. Hacksilver was any sort of chopped up silver - whether from ingots or decorative pieces like this - that could be used as currency or, possibly, to be ready to melt down into something new. LANMS.2013.32.36 a+b This spectacular collection of Viking silver was discovered in mid September 2011. It is one of the largest collection of Viking silver found to date and was unearthed by a keen metal detectorist near to the village of Silverdale in North Lancashire. The hoard is believed to have been deposited at approximately the same time as the Cuerdale Hoard, circa 905 AD. The Silverdale Hoard was purchased by Lancashire County Council and displayed at Lancaster City Museum, the Museum of Lancashire and the British Museum. Since then it has undergone careful conservation. These images were taken at Lancaster and Preston in 2013-14 before the conservation work took place.
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