1180-1200



 
After years of intermittent minting, large numbers of coins were once again struck under the reign of Sverre Sigurdsson  (1177-1202). Coins had now become small and thin so thin that they were struck on one side only. Coins of this type are called bracteates.



To the left: Sverre Sigurdsson (1177-1202), penny<




To the left: Sverre Sigurdsson (1177-1202), bracteates<

 
Many coins from this period have been found under church floors, prompting the question "had they been lost or intentionally offered?" Some experts believe that the coins were lost after dropping to the floor and rolling into the cracks between the worn and dry floorboards in the church. Others believe that people offered coins in the churches. By dropping coins between the floorboards may have people believed they could have their wishes fulfilled or obtain protection from malevolent powers. Still other experts believe that a combination of accidental losses and offerings account for the large number of finds in Norwegian medieval churches.
 
These small bracteates from the reign of King Sverre (1177-1202) were used for paying tithes and Peter's pence to the church as well as for paying fines and fees to the king. More than 7 000 of King Sverre's coins have been found. Archaeological investigations have uncovered a large number of Sverre-coins under church floors all over Norway. Coins had become the property of the common man in Norway<