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This is the 4. coin in the series of Norwegian Vikings geocoins.
This Coin is made in 6 editions
unique carved animal heads were found in the Oseberg grave. Four of them are
exhibited in the Viking Ship Museum. Unfortunately the fifth is in very poor
condition and the remains are kept in the Museum’s depository.
were bound with rope that ran through the mouth of one of the animal heads like
for an experienced woodcarver making the animal heads must have been very
difficult and time-consuming. The woodcarver has gone out into the forest and
chosen a naturally curved piece of wood from the lower part of the trunk of a
suitable hardwood tree. First he shaped it and then started to carve it. The
animal heads appear to have been made by different woodcarvers. None of them
are alike, and two of them are also adorned with silver rivets.
What have the animal heads been used for
do not know for certain what the animal heads have been used for. At the base
of the neck there was an approximately 50 cm long handle, which could be used
to fix them to the outside walls of a house, or to a throne or something