This is an ancient Scandinavian Viking silver ingot trade bar, dating to the 10th - 12th century A.D. Such objects were frequently produced from larger caches of silver bullion, taken in raids or through trade, and melted down for convenient transportation. This is a smaller bar of around 7 pennies, so probably traded as such.
OBJECT: Bullion trade bar
DATE: c. 10th - 12th century A.D.
SIZE: 56mm x 4mm x 4mm
WEIGHT: 9.14 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. European Private Collection
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