1,000 Year Old Viking Gold Found By Treasure Hunter

1,000 Year Old Viking Gold Found By Treasure Hunter


A hoard of Viking gold and silver over 1,000 years old was discovered by a retired businessman with a metal detector in a Scottish field. Derek McLennan made the find that is being hailed as one of the most significant Viking hoards ever discovered in Scotland. So says Scotland’s Treasure Trove unit that has physical custody of the loot while details are being worked out.

Mr. McLennan may be retired but he has found other loot before, including 300 medieval coins in the same area. The Vikings regularly raided Britain from the 8th to the 11th centuries, burying their valuables for safe-keeping. The latest find includes a solid silver cross from the 9th or 10th century, a rare silver cup from the Holy Roman Empire, and a gold bird pin that alone is worth over $100,000.


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