Harold Hardrada Norwegian Viking Coin (1047-1066)
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This coin is a reproduction of a penny coin minted by Harold Hardrada who was a Norwegein Viking King during the 11th century. Harold was the first king to introduce a national monetary system in Norway.
When Harold was fifteen years old, in 1030, Harald fought in the Battle of Stiklestad but was defeated by the army of King Cnut and went into exile with the Kyivan Rus. Harold moved to Constantinople in approximately 1034 and rose to become the commander of the Byzantine Varangian Guard were he amassed considerable wealth. In 1042 he left Byzantium to take the Norwegian throne. After taking the throne of Norway in 1046 Harold attacked Denmark and although his campaigns were successful he was unable to conquer Denmark. In 1066 Harold attacked England but was killed by the forces of Harold Godwinson at the battle of Stamford Bridge
Harald's death in 1066, which brought an end to his Viking invasion of England is often considered the end of the Viking Age.
The face of the coin features a triquetra symbol and the reverse shows a cross. This coind was minted between 1047 and 1066.
These coins are hand stamped by a passionate Medieval reenactor who performs historical coin minting demonstrations. As each coin is hand stamped small variations may exist adding to the hand made character of the coins.
Made from high quality pewter.
Each coin measures 20mm in diameter.
Dice is also available separately.