Day 209

Exif Data: Nikon D5000; Lens: Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55; 46 mm; ISO 320; 1 sec; using reverse ring.

This is a pretty old coin, from the vikings era; I got it from a friend of mine in Denmark, he knew that I collected coins from all over the world, and he gave me some that he had kept for a long time; I got them as a farewell gift.

They are a treasure, I keep them in another box separated from the other coins that I have.

There was a time where vikings didn’t use coins based currency like people do nowadays.

Silver was the most common valuable metal used as currency, (they used cattle as well)  but it was exchanged by weight than by a preset portion. The Vikings used what they called “portable money”, some kind of “fashion money” that they could wear; therefore silver bracelets were a common way of portable money; they would often cut off pieces of bracelets, necklaces or rings to use them as currency.

Some foreign coins entered the region as a result of trading contacts with western Europe and the Islamic world to the east.; but still, the idea of coinage was unfamiliar. Coins were valued only for their weight in silver or gold, and circulated alongside many other forms of precious metal.

The Viking raids of the ninth century brought the raiders into regular contact with the monetary economies of western Europe.

The reasons for adopting coinage were probably political and cultural as much as economic. Like many ‘barbarian’ invaders, the Vikings looked at the more ‘civilised’ people they had invaded, and wanted to be like them.

Most of the early Viking coin types were imitations of more established coinage.

Feel free to leave feedback, critiques or suggestions.

Regards.

Hola!

Esta es una moneda muy vieja, de la era de los vikingos. Es un regalo que me hizo un amigo de Dinamarca cuando iba a volver a Colombia; el sabía que yo tenía una colección de monedas de todo el mundo, y me regaló unas monedas que tenía hace mucho tiempo; son un tesoro, las guardo separadas de mi colección porque no quiero que se confundan entre todas.

Hubo un tiempo en el que los vikingos no usaron monedas basados en una divisa como se hace actualmente; usaban el ganado pero era más común darle uso a la plata que era el metal más valioso, el valor de ésta dependía de su peso.

Los vikingos usaban lo que ellos llamaban “dinero portable”, era simbolizado por algo que ellos pudieran usar, como las joyas; por eso los brazaletes de plata eran un modo común de pagar algo, así como lo eran los collares y anillos, de los que cortaban piezas para usarlas como dinero.

Monedas extranjeras empezaron a entrar a la región como el resultado del contacto comercial con el oeste europeo y el mundo islámico; pero aun así, la idea de una moneda era poco familiar.

Los asaltos de los vikingos en el Siglo IX llevaron a que los asaltantes tuvieran contacto con un sistema monetario; y tal como hicieron los bávaros, los vikingos empezaron a mirar a las poblaciones más civilizadas que ellos habían atacado para así aprender algo de ellos; todo ésto llevó a que pudieran establecer su moneda, que en un principio fue una imitación de otra más establecida.

Críticas, comentarios y/o sugerencias son bienvenidas.

Saludos!

Pablo.

 

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11 thoughts on “Day 209

  1. I thought in that part of the world you would be out looking for sunken Spanisg Treasure! I collect money too, a truck load of 100 dollar bills would do nicely! LoL

  2. I can’t believe that’s a macro. Evvery line is crisp and clean. Perfect exposure and perfect focus. Sure it’s not a manhole cover? There’s no way you could get in so tight on a coin!

  3. Hei, I think it belongs to my vikings,from my recent post 😉 Go see them on my blog and check if maybe that want the moneda back,haha.

  4. Maravillosa, pero lo interesante es imaginarse cuanta cantidad de gente desde principes hasta mendigos han tenido que ver con tu preciado tesoro!!!!!!
    Saludos
    Jorge Andrés.

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