coin treasure of hallum, around a.d. 730

This treasure was found near the village of Hallum in northern Friesland. The pot contains no fewer than 223 small silver coins, so-called sceattas, the Anglo-Saxon word for wealth, property or money. The sceatta, or sceat was a very convenient coin for international trade, as it was accepted in Friesland, England and Denmark. They came in various types and usually had the image of a human head representing Wodan or Christ on one side and a monster biting itself in its own tail on the other.

Muntschat van Hallum, circa 730 na Christus

Coin treasure of Hallum, around A.D. 730. Click on the image to see a larger version.

In Friesland the sceat(ta) was used between approximately 650 and 750 after Christ. Frisian traders prospered in those years: the coins in this pot represented a fortune. It is a mystery why the owner buried it and never touched it again.