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Dirham hoards from Northern Europe, trade in Slavic slaves, and the emergence of Medieval Europe (800-1000)

Special exhibition in the Coin Gallery, Ashmolean Museum (July to September 2015)

Members of the Dirhams for Slaves project and colleagues from the Royal Coin Cabinet, Stockholm, collaborated on an exhibition entitled Islamic trade with the northern lands in the Viking Age. The centrepiece of the exhibition was a loan of more than fifty Islamic silver coins from the Royal Coin Cabinet which were displayed on a map that showed the major concentrations of silver hoards deposited along the trade routes that linked the Islamic world and the northern lands in the 9th and 10th centuries CE.

The exhibition included some rare imitational dirhams which were made in several locations outside the Islamic world – these imitations will be included in a catalogue of imitational dirham coinage that is currently being prepared by members of the Dirhams for Slaves team.