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Gold makes the impossible possible: Vikings did not enjoyed the alleged benefits of a modern economy based on money. They knew coins indeed, but they never minted any for themselves and only used foreign ones as raw material for melting and recycling; thus, coins ended being jewellery or simple ingots.

These items were indeed valuable, and Vikings used to store them in coffers, in stashes, caches, or various hiding places, behind stones or in caves, in order to protect them. A lot of evidence has been found suggesting that they had an extensive commercial exchange with Arab caliphates thorough caravan routes in what is now Russia.

Among assorted items, a large number of silver and gold coins originally minted in Arab territories were found; these were clearly considered recyclable commodities by the Norse. Viking merchants used very handy, small and collapsible scales to weight the gold, silver, bronze, etc. used in their transactions, and a few samples of these tools have reached our times.

Despite the primitivism of their economy, the Norse prospered, which is odd if it is taken into account that other cultures had at the time, much more evolved and - in theory, at least - competitive economies at work. At the time of the Vikings, the first banks and institutional lenders appeared in Europe; many of these were Jewish or Arab, due to the religious restrictions imposed on Christians around the issue of interest rates and alleged greed.

Many of the extraordinary artistic treasures left by the Vikings were created using their primitive system of doing things, which at least for a time being, proved superior to organised economic activity as we know it.

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