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