Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

The Earliest Russian Coinage? Two Groups of Imitative Dirhams from the Late Ninth to the Mid-Tenth Century

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Auditorium Maximum - Hall C

Auditorium Maximum - Hall C


Viacheslav Kuleshov (Stockholm Numismatic Institute )


The paper will discuss two very distinct groups of imitative dirhams found in Middle Viking-age coin hoards in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. The first group is datable to c.890-900 AD. The second group is datable to c. 950-960 AD. Both groups differ significantly in the design and techniques from earlier and contemporary imitative coinages of Khazaria and Volga Bulgaria, and are seen to represent tentative episodes of minting silver under the Riurikid rulers of Rus.

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Viacheslav Kuleshov (Stockholm Numismatic Institute )

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