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Miniature medieval coin collection attributed to Ostróda Museum History


The History provincial conservator of monuments has given a tiny but important treasure of medieval coins discovered close to the northern Polish town of Iława to the Ostróda Museum. Thirteen coins and half-coins are found; the majority are cross denari, which are silver pieces struck in Saxony especially for commerce with the Western Slavs. A fragmentary coin that was utilized to determine its weight value is a 13th-century bracteate that was struck by Sambor II, the Duke of Pomerania.

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The History cavalier’s cross that is consistently present on the back of these denari coins is the source of the coinage’s name. The center figures and symbols on both the obverse and reverse appear to be surrounded by letters, but these are imitations rather than actual writing—a pseudo-legend. They are difficult to date precisely because they lack any genuine inscriptions or other indications of the minting year, although they were only produced from 965 A.D. . Their margins are abnormally high on both sides.


Throughout the latter part of the 11th century, cross denari served as the main form of payment in what is now Poland. There have been other hoards of cross denari recovered in Poland; the greatest was found in 1935 in central Słuszków.

History Poland, which had almost 12,500 coins.

History The placement of this treasure fits in an unusual way with the identified settlement layout of the southern Jeziorak, according to Łukasz Szczepański from the Ostróda Museum.


During a weekend rally earlier this year, coin hoard was uncovered on a hillside outside the town by metal detectorists from the Iława Search Group. History The landowner and the monument conservator gave the metal detectorists permission to search the site, as required under Polish law. The group’s goal is to have this discovery, along with others they have found, displayed at an Iława local museum in the future. at the meanwhile, their work will benefit the Ostróda Museum.



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