Silver-handling traditions during the Viking Age: Some observations and thoughts on the phenomenon of pecking and bending
2006 (English)In: Coinage and History in the North Sea World, c. AD 500-1250: Essays in honour of Marion Archibald / [ed] Barrie Cook and Gareth Williams, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2006, 448-465 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
The phenomenon of secondary treatment of coins of the Viking Age has engendered great interest in numismatic and archeological research. Techniques such as notches and nicks can be connected to the Early Viking Age and the importation of dirham silver in the ninth and tenth centuries. Pecking and bending are phenomena which generally with some exceptions are observed in hoards from the Late Viking Age which mostly contain penny silver from Western Europe. Secondary treatment became likely as a regular practice among those groups who handled, and thus valued, weighed and tested, silver as bullion. In this article some aspects of silver-handling which developed in Scandinavia during
the Viking Age are discussed. Secondary treatment should not be seen only as evidence of economic habits, but also be put into a broader cultural-historical context, one which underlines the significance of social, symbolic and cognitive aspects and the changing meanings of silver in Viking-Age society. Research on secondary treatment has facilitated not only new methodological advances in analyzing and characterizing the composition of coin- and hack silver hoards from the Viking period, but has also promoted an interdisciplinary dialogue between numismatics and archaeology.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2006. 448-465 p.
, The Northern World. North Europe and the Baltic c. 400-1700 AD. Peoples, Economies and Cultures, ISSN 1569-1462 ; 19
Viking Age, coins, silver handling, pecking, bening
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hgo:diva-1575ISBN: 90-04-14777-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hgo-1575DiVA: diva2:550766