Very Rare Christian Viking Varangian Guard Gold Finger Ring C. 11th Century Ad For Sale
On offer is this rare solid gold Viking finger ring,
dating to the 10th or 11th century AD. It has a hammered lozenge shaped bezel
with punched cruciform design, likely to signify the original owner was
Christian. This would date the ring to the latter period of the Vikings, after
Christianisation during the c. 11th century AD. This is a large ring, so was
likely worn by a man. This ring was excavated in Eastern Europe, land of the Rus
and Varangian Vikings (who guarded the Byzantine Emperor in Constaninople). It
was likely this ring would have been made for one of the Varangian Guard, due to
the Christian symbols and composition. Gold would have been part of the payment
(for service in defending the Byzantine Emperor) the Vikings always preferred to
wear their wealth (rather than carry it in coins). This is a very rare and
desireable ancient gold ring in excellent condition, still suitable for
contemporary wear if desired!
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Ring size: (US) 11.... (UK)
SIZE: 25mm x 24mm (bezel 15mm x 11mm)
DATE: c. 1050 - 1150
MATERIAL: Gold tests around 22k - 23k
This item is guaranteed
authentic and dates to the period described. A written guarantee can be provided
on request. We accept returns if you are not satisfied with your purchase.
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Very Rare Christian Viking Varangian Guard Gold Finger Ring C. 11th Century Ad: $410