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Around year 1100 – Symbolic Ornament

In the magazine Siden Saxo (No. 4/2015), Editor Steffen Harpsøe outlines a theory in the article “Haraldsguldet – en mystisk guldskive fra fortiden” where the Curmsun Disc could have been manufactured around year 1100. The magazine is published by the Danish National Archives and below is a short summary of the comprehensive article.

Steffen Harpsøe means that the typefaces on the Curmsun Disc is more similar to the typefaces on coins from the 11th century rather than the coins from the 10th century. The letter J in the word JVMN (if it is a real J) is first seen in the written sources after 1050. It is also a fact that the spelling Aldin is replaced by the spelling Alden in the middle of the 12th century. According to the aforementioned a manufacturing period between 1050 – 1125 becomes plausible as Jumne becomes an own bishopric in 1125 and the inscription on the Curmsun Disc reads JVMN and not CIV JVMN.

During the period 1050 – 1125 missionaries around Wiejkowo could have conferred Harald Bluetooth to a missionary saint and collected gold to make a symbolic ornament of the saint. This theory could also explain the lack of skills in the craftsmanship in comparison with a jewelry made for a present king. The Curmsun Disc´s similarities with byzantine coins and seals with concave form and horizontal text makes sense as Jumne was a village with multicultural commerce.