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Very Rare Christian Viking Varangian Guard Gold Finger Ring C. 11th Century Ad For Sale

Very Rare Christian Viking Varangian Guard Gold Finger Ring C. 11th Century Ad

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) W

SIZE: 25mm x 24mm (bezel 15mm x 11mm) shank 3mm

DATE: c. 1050 - 1150 AD

MATERIAL: Gold tests around 22k - 23k

WEIGHT: 4.8g

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:
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