A Fake Gold Arabic Dinar Found in Morston, Norfolk
This fake Arabic dinar was discovered by a metal detectorist near Morston, Norfolk, in April 2021. The coin has a hole punched in it, presumably so that it could be worn as a pendant.
Professor Rory Naismith from Cambridge University suggests that it is extremely likely to have been made by a Viking, given the close contact between the Rus and the Arabic world. He commented:
“While there are few other imitations that we know of, this one is a bit ropey,”
“It looks like it’s made by someone who knows the generalities of what a dinar looks like, but is not handling them enough to get the Arabic right.”
As a result what should be Arabic script has degenerated into a series of lines and is completely illegible”.
This 12th Century dinar found in Suffolk shows the Arabic script the maker was attempting to imitate
image: Suffolk County Archaeology Service