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Attractive Stephen and Matilda with Extensive Pedigree

Triton XV, Lot: 1903. Estimate $10000.
Sold for $30000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

NORMAN, Civil War. Local/Irregular issues. Circa 1138-1153. AR Penny (19mm, 1.18 g, 8h). Two-Figure type, ‘York group’ (Mack 5). Eoferwic (York) mint. Struck circa 1141. + STIE FNE:R (pellet-in-annulet), Stephen and Matilda standing facing one another, holding between them long scepter fleurée / Cross fleurée over cross pommée in saltire; various ornaments around. Mack 220p (this coin cited and illustrated); SCBI 12 (Ashmolean), 282 corr. (same dies; cited as same dies as 283-4 and BMC 262, though only a rev. die match for 283-4); BMC 261-3 var. (legends); North 922; SCBC 1315. VF, toned, minor edge chip. Very rare and desirable type.

From the Marshall Faintich Collection. Ex St. James’s 3 (3 October 2005), lot 174; Evelyn William Rashleigh Collection (Sotheby’s, 21 June 1909), lot 602; Rev. Joseph William Martin Collection (Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 23 May 1859), lot 72; John Brumell Collection (Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 19 April 1850), lot 266; Thomas Henry Spurrier Collection (Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 29 August 1838), lot 38; William Bentham Collection (Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 30 April 1838), lot 40.