In 1996 someone found a Viking hoard at Westerklief on the former island of Wieringen, The Netherlands. The treasure contained Carolingian and Arab coins, bracelets and silver ingots, all buried in an earthenware pot. The coins date the treasure at around 850. Wieringen at that time was a part of Frisia. In 1997 some loose objects like coins and rings were found, in 1999 a second treasure , and in 2001 a third, all on the same tiny island.
Some hoards also contained silver ingots- large bars of silver formed by melting looted silver coins and jewelry. These bars could be used to create new coins, weighed as payment for some goods or fashioned into Viking jewelry
The Bedale treasure hoard unearthed from a Yorkshire field may once have been a wealthy Viking’s life savings. The full hoard consists of a gold sword pommel, a unique silver neck ring and neck collar, a silver armlet, 29 silver ingots, two other silver neck rings, gold rivets and half a silver brooch. Archaeologists believe the objects are more than 1,000-years-old and were buried for safe-keeping by a wealthy Viking who for some reason never returned to his hidden hoard.