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GM23858

Stephen Penny, York group with flag type and pierced star

Regular price £9,500
Regular price Sale price £9,500

Stephen (1135-54), silver Penny, York group, flag type, crowned bust right holding flag standard, pierced mullet in field, linear circle and legend surrounding, +STIEF N E R, rev. cross moline, fleur de lis in each angle, linear circle and legend surrounding, +*PTI*ETS*NDuV: the D retrograde, weight 0.95g (Mack 217; N.919; S.1313). Flan a little ragged at bottom of obverse, otherwise with an excellent depiction of the King and standard, with a clear name showing, about very fine and extremely rare.

Dr Martin Allen has recently published a paper in the Numismatic Chronicle, Volume 176, 2016 titled "The York Local Coinage of the Reign of Stephen (1135-54)" where the flag types are listed as phase 3. Dr Allen lists 36 examples of the flag type across 21 different die varieties, and of this total ten are institutionalised. The piece offered here is would seem to be a better fuller example than most that have come up for public sale in the last 15 years and is of good metal with no cracks or splits unlike some that have sold recently.

The symbolism of the flag is that it is meant to represent the "Battle of the Standard" sometimes called the Battle of Northallerton, on the 22nd August 1138, when the English forces repelled a Scottish army at Cowton Moor near Northallerton.

Provenance:

Found near Bourne, Lincolnshire, August 2014; EMC 2014.0261.

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