Medieval French coins: Ransom paid to invading Vikings?

  • Mystery of the medieval French coins — found in Poland.


    This past fall, a treasure hunter searching a cornfield with a metal detector found silver coins minted more than 1,100 years ago and nearly 1,000 miles away.

    The coins are being analyzed by the Polish Academy of Sciences.



    New York Times, 12 July, 2021


    One archaeologist has suggested the coins were part of a ransom paid when an invading Viking army laid siege to Paris in 845 and received more than two tons of silver to prevent it from destroying the city.