|A rare piece of Viking gold dating back more than a thousand years was discovered by an amateur treasure hunter in Co. Down. Northern Ireland.|
The Telegraph reports that Tom Crawford was pursuing his hobby with his metal detector in farmland in Brickland in Co. Down last year, when he made the discovery.
Dr Greer Ramsey, curator at Armagh County Museum said the ingots during the Viking period were used as currency.
"Gold is extremely rare in the Viking period, there are vast quantities of silver. "There are very, very few parallels to the ingot," he added.