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A Swedish friend of mine works as a history teacher, and he sometimes send me little gold nuggets like this.

We don't know if the Scandinavians kept using the English king's face on their coins because they thought that was what coins was supposed to look like, or if they did it because it made it easier to use the coins in England.


9th December 2016

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1 month ago #9567376        
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It was because the first coins struck by Swedish kings were made by monyers from England (town of Sigtuna, 995). The portraits were pretty generic back then, and not intended to be accurate representations of the kings themselves. It stands to reason that the English monyers used the style they were used to; the important thing with the coins wasn't the look of them, but the silver content. http://www.gorgon.n.nu/penningar-995-1363

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1 month ago #9566138        
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At least Europe finally didn't interpret it as a penis or a vagina.

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1 month ago #9566143        
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Finally a site that depicts viking helmets accurately!



1 month ago #9567205        
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You should get someone to make cloth versions of those viking helmets and sell them in the store.

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1 month ago #9567468        
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Denmark, a genius? A sign of the apocalypse!

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DerDings

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1 month ago #9566150        
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Gotta love that beer helmet!



ZialenHD

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1 month ago #9567252        
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Sweden looks disgusted that he had to admit Denmark said something smart xD



1 month ago #9567177        
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Making your own version of English money doesn't mean you can spend it in England. Trust me.

(Signed - every Scot who's tried to spend Royal Bank of Scotland notes in England.)

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Karen

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1 month ago #9566718        
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We like to think of international currencies, like the dollar, as a new thing - but they're not. The Spanish real ("Pieces of Eight") was the global international currency from around 1600 to the mid-1800s or so. It was actually legal tender in the US for nearly 100 years, and the US dollar coin was originally designed to function as an equivalent to it.



1 month ago #9566708        
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I rest my case about Sweden's hair;just as Mr. America's appearance changed, his did,too.If you're wondering what I'm talking about, look at the part of Sweden's bangs that are combed to the right side of his head, they're split into two sections now instead of one solid sweep.



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