Viking coin Sigtygg king of Dublin

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Sigtygg the 2nd (Side beard or Olafsson), also referred to as Sihtric, Sitric and Sitrick in the Irish texts was king of the Viking kingdom of Dublin between 989 and 994 and 995-1036. Sigtygg had mixed Gaelic-Viking ancestors and was a member of the Uí ímair dynasty. He was involved in the revolts of Leinster in 999-1000 after which he was forced to swear allegiance to king Brian Boru. Sigtygg's family allied with Boru by closing a double marriage with him. This, however, did not prevent Sigtygg from joining another revolt in Leinster. Sigtygg has a prominent role in 12th century Cogadh Gaedhil re Gallaibh and the 13th century Icelandic Njal's Saga and was one of the most prominent leaders of the battle of Clontarf in 1014.

This Gal Gael king reigned for a period of 46 years, during which the kingdom of Dublin experienced both good and bad times. He also joined in Viking raids all over Ireland, among which in Meath, Wicklow and Ulster. Possibly he also plundered in Wales. Besides he also waged a war with the rivaling Viking kingdoms of Cork and Waterford.

Sigtygg was a religious Christian. In 1028 he went as a pelgrim to Rome and was possibly the erector of the Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin.

This coin is a replica of an original minted during his reign. Coins like this were excavated all over the British Isles. Originals are part of the collection of the National Museum of Ireland, Hunterian Museum and Glasgow University. This replica is made of pewter.

Product details:
Diameter: 1.3 cm;
Material: tin (lead-free);
Based on a historic original: yes;
Transport weight (grams): 10 *

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