“An Irish Illustration of the Supernova of 1054 - or perhaps Halley’s Comet?” by David Collins

Many Hiberno-Norse coins of the Phase V period reflect the heavy influence of Christianity in their designs, by way of displaying Christian symbols on their reverse. These include crosses of various shapes and sizes, croziers, scourges, and blessing hands. This confirms that the coins were minted by believers who were quite willing to portray symbols that had biblical, and in this case, also apocalyptic, connotations. In his new article, David Collins revisits one of the Phase V coin designs depicting three birds walking around a circle, posing a question what event does it represent - the supernova of 1054 or the comet of 1066? Read the full story here.


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