Bronze Viking die found by metal detectorist tops $19K at auction

Noonans Specialist in Coins and Artefacts Nigel Mills stated that the ancient bronze Viking die might have bene used to ornament the cheek guards of an iron helmet. Image courtesy of Noonans
An 11th-century bronze Viking die, discovered in a field in Norfolk, England by a metal detectorist, auctioned for a hammer price of £15,000 (about $19,300) on July 18. Image courtesy of Noonans, photo credit Jason Jones
An 11th-century bronze Viking die, discovered in January in a field in Norfolk, England by a metal detectorist, auctioned for a hammer price of £15,000 (about $19,300) on July 18. Image courtesy of Noonans, photo credit Jason Jones

LONDON – An 11th-century bronze Viking die that was discovered in a field in Norfolk, England by a metal detectorist achieved a hammer price of £15,000 (about $19,300) at the Noonans Mayfair auction house on July 18 in its Ancient Coins and Antiquities sale. It was bought by a collector in the UK.