Historians Try to Decipher Centuries-Old Mystery Sword Inscription

The steel sword has an inscription made from gold wire.

— -- What does +NDXOXCHWDRGHDXORVI+ mean?

That’s what historians at the British Museum are trying to find out.

Since the library opened up the public comments section on Aug. 3 on a blog post about the sword, suggestions have poured in.

The 38-inch long sword weighs in at two pounds 10 ounces and was probably owned by a wealthy individual, museum officials said. The likely German-manufactured blade is thin, yet strong, and “if struck with sufficient force, it could easily have sliced a man’s head in two,” according to the museum.

“This makes sense in the context of 13th-century Europe, as Latin was the international language of choice (like English is today),” Van Hasselt wrote in the library's blog post, noting that be based his opinion on a similar inscription style on a sword found in the Netherlands and another that is currently in Berlin. Germany.

The British Library got over 175 comments offering ideas to decipher the letters before the comment section was closed, a spokeswoman told ABC News today.

"Due to the phenomenal range of suggestions, it’s unlikely that we will be able to decipher the mysterious inscription before 'Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy' closes on 1 September," the library said in a statement.