Stray finds

A "stray find" refers to a find of a solitary coin in a setting that does not suggest deliberate burial of the coin.

Such a find simply tells us that at some point after it was minted the coin found its way to the site of the find. A series of such finds, however, can tell us something about the extent and spread of the coin type. Stray finds represent a useful source of information for charting the circulation of coins in our early history.

An example of stray finds is the series of finds in Kaupang in Tjølling, Vestfold, where approximately 29 coins were found during archaeological excavations of the Viking marketplace Kaupang between 1959-1970. Most of the coins were found in the settlement area though some were found in graves. Arabic dirhams predominated, with a few Frankish and Anglo-Saxon coins.