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COINS FROM VIKING ERA

Large treasure find on Gotland

Updated tisdag 10 april 2012 kl 18.26
Published tisdag 10 april 2012 kl 16.19
"It's an unusual find"
(3:19 min)
Gotland's medieval wall in Visby. Photo: Anders Wiklund/Scanpix

Valuable buried treasure has been found on the Swedish island of Gotland. A bronze casket containing around six thousand silver coins which was buried beneath the earth for 1,000 years was discovered in a farmer's field by a metal detector last Thursday and will be on display during a press conference on Wednesday.

"It's fantastic," Lars Sjösvärd, the director of Gotland's museum told Radio Sweden.

The find was made last Thursday by a man working for the government as part of a project to reclaim Gotland's medieval past from the fortune hunters who arrive from other countries, as well as Sweden, to find treasure and sell it on the black market.

"It is of very big economic value," Lars Sjövärd said.  

The silver coins from the end of the Viking period are said to come from western Europe including Germany and England and will attract interest from around the world.

The find is uncommon because coins are usually displaced by a farmer's plough but in this case, the bronze casket was too far down below the ground.  

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