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Kingdom of Denmark, Harald I Bluetooth, Denarius

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Kingdom of Denmark, Harald I Bluetooth, Denarius (obverse) Kingdom of Denmark, Harald I Bluetooth, Denarius (reverse)

Barter was still used in the 10th century. Generally, however, people had begun to pay their purchases with money even in Scandinavia at that time. In 950, the Danish King Harald Bluetooth (c. 940-985) therefore began to strike coins on his account. In Haithabu, he had very light bracteates minted; they were so thin that the coin images pushed through on both sides. These half bracteates were copied after the deniers that Charlemagne had been minting in Dorestad; they bore a peculiar interpretation of a temple fašade and the distorted inscription "Dorstat."

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