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    What did Vikings hold their money in?

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    Hi all, I'm writing a short story set in the Viking era about looting thieves and viking raids. I was wondering what did Vikings hold their money in?
     
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    I'll hazard a guess and say some sort of pouches, possibly leather or wool.
     
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    Thanks for the picture. I'm imagining a leather pouch/purse with a string of some sort to fasten it close.
     
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    They prob didn't need money anyway. The prob used villages like an Cash point (ATM for teh USA peeps) haha.
     
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    Well, according to this site right here:

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_sort_of_money_did_vikings_use?#slide=1

    ... Vikings did not typically carry coinage, but instead would have an arm-ring with pre-notched divisions indicating a weight of gold or silver. When a purchase was to be made, the Viking took off the ring, used a heavy knife to split the ring at the appropriate notch and handed over the cut bit in exchange for goods or services.
     
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    Yup... that was my understanding.

    When The Shire Post Mint started to make their coins for a A Song of Ice and Fire, Tom Maringer based his Dothraki Puli along the same kind of lines.

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    Their money or everyone else's money? :rolleyes:

    I've actually heard there were more British coins in Denmark than in England. :)

    I'd say a pouch though? I don't actually know.
     
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    Obviously it wasn't bitcoin. My best guess is the stereotypical leather pouch, tied to their belts.
     
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    An interesting article about Viking age bags. Two thirds of the way down they have pictures of actual Viking folding belt pouches, possibly for coins (which according to evidence was mostly foreign).

    http://europa-reenactment.org/bags.php
     
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    Their wives? Just a joke, seriously.
     

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