|A rare piece of Viking gold dating back more than a thousand years was discovered by an amateur treasure hunter in County Down in Northern Ireland in 2013. The metal, 86 per cent pure gold, was used during the Viking period as currency and measured by weight and were often cut into smaller amounts.|
Tom Crawford of Brickland in County Down made the discovery.
|Written records say the Vikings plundered Loughbrickland in 833 AD. The gold may be a direct result of contact between locals and the Scandinavians. Nearby regions of Strangford and Carlingford loughs were areas of intense and enduring Viking activity.|
Gold is extremely rare in the Viking period, while there are vast quantities of silver. There are very, very few parallels to the ingot.