When I posted my article about my Hammenlinna-inspired Viking Knit (Trichinopoly) necklace, I mentioned that I had ordered some replica Viking Age coins from Alpha Officium – well they arrived not too long ago! I thought I’d share them with you, though I still have some work to do with them before stringing them on my necklace.
I had ordered the coins in mid-March, though they didn’t arrive until early June unfortunately – way too late for my competition piece, but still they’ll look great. I had asked them to be punched for stringing, and they arrived without holes unfortunately, so I’ll need to figure out how to punch them myself… in a neat way that won’t snag clothing when worn as a necklace or scratch skin. Some of them are a bit rough too, so I’ll need to find some kind of file to smooth them out and polish the edges I think… I wonder if I have a Dremmel attachment that might work? Luckily I got the mix which has WAY more coins than I’ll need, so I have a bit of wiggle and experimentation room.
I thought it was a really good price though either way, especially to get a lot of coins. I’ve seen other places selling them individually or for 2 – and for a lot, this was definitely the way to go.
The mix included:
- 25 Dirhems
- 25 Viking York coins – “Another Cnut type penny, unusual for its cross pattern.”
- 25 Cnut Coins
- 25 Eric Blood Axe coins – “A ‘King’ Of Viking York. 25 pewter ‘Silver’ pennys.”
- 25 Tenth Century Saxon coins – “Tenth century Saxon Pennys.”
Photos from the Alpha Officium website
… and was $50.00 US plus shipping.
If you have fool-proof tips on how to punch holes in my coins for my necklace -please leave your tips and ideas in the comments below!
Update: I did end up punching holes in the coins, quite successfully using a jewelers punch and a set of needle files. A lot more work than I had intended to do with them, but a nice result!