The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Friday, August 19, 2022

Newly discovered coin of Stephen and Matilda to be sold at Dix Noonan Webb in September
The coin is one of only 25 known specimens and is estimated to fetch up to £10,000.

LONDON.- An extremely rare silver penny of Stephen and his wife Matilda – who fought with his cousin the Empress Matilda for the throne in the 12th Century - is to be offered by International coins, medals, banknotes and jewellery specialists Dix Noonan Webb in a live/online auction of British and World Coins on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 11am on

Discovered by metal detectorist Graeme Rushton on October 20, 2018 on the border of South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, using a Teknetics G2+ metal detector, the coin is one of only 25 known specimens and is estimated to fetch up to £10,000.

Graeme who is 50-years-old and lives in South Cumbria, has been detecting since he was 8-years-old, and ten years ago, he decided to start his own shop called Unearthed, which sells metal detectors.

As Graeme explains: “It was only my second visit to the site which had just been ploughed and flattened. After about 45 minutes walking up a slight rise in the field, I got a signal, and after digging down 5-6 inches, I uncovered the coin which at first I didn’t recognise. It was only after showing pictures of it to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge that I realised how significant the discovery was.”

The coin has on the obverse the legend “STIENS” with standing figures of Stephen and Matilda facing each other supporting a tall sceptre between them, while on the reverse is a cross fleury over cross pommee with various ornaments around. The coin was minted in York in the early 1140s and is in very fine condition.

Stephen of Blois was the grandson of William I, and became King of England on December 22, 1135 to his death in 1154. For almost all of the 19 years of his reign a civil war raged with his cousin Matilda, with the English Royalist Barons supporting him while the Angevin French supporters backed Matilda, who was the daughter of Henry I of England who had nominated her as heir to the throne. Stephen however claimed that his uncle had changed his mind on his deathbed recognising Stephen as his successor.

The find-spot was not far from where the Battle of Lincoln took place in February 1141 between Stephen and Matilda’s half brother Robert, Earl of Gloucester, Stephen was defeated, captured and imprisoned for six months in Bristol Castle before an exchange enabled him to be released. In 1153, Stephen agreed to accept Matilda’s son Henry as his heir, thus ending the conflict which has become known as the Anarchy.

Today's News

August 7, 2020

Raphael's face reconstructed to solve tomb mystery

French court fines artist for naked stunt at Lourdes

Dinosaurs got cancer too, say scientists

Two major gifts to reimagine visitor experience and enhance photography collections at Library of Congress

San Francisco apologizes to artist over Maya Angelou monument

For three suffragists, a monument well past due

Young creatives take over billboards across London with Tate Collective

Placido Domingo insists 'I have never abused anyone'

Phillips' exclusive partnership with technology firm Articker set to transform art business intelligence

Early rock concert posters from Estate of Perry Pfeffer, owner of Postercade, to be auctioned Aug. 14

Beethoven's 5th plays at Montreal airport 'drive-in'

Newly discovered coin of Stephen and Matilda to be sold at Dix Noonan Webb in September

New York's sidewalk prophets are heirs to the artisans of France's Lascaux Caves

Royal Ontario Museum announces appointment of Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

George Eastman Museum receives $70,000 in grant awards from Art Bridges

Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House provides backdrop to Jun Kaneko sculptures in public art exhibition

Chelsea FC adopts RAF Museum Lancaster bomber

Two old and two new classic motorcycles at next H&H Classics auction

King's Cross unveils its latest outstanding outdoor art installation: Pattern Portraits by Lauren Godfrey

Artists and concept revealed for Photoworks Festival

Multi-disciplinary arts and culture pop-up festival The Sunday Art Club announce new dates

Exhibition presents a conversation about the relationship between mother and child between three artists

Saint Louis Art Museum announces 27th Romare Bearden Fellow

Unique Ways to Make an Accent Wall

Slot xo - one of the most entertaining and popular online slot games

6 Marketing Strategies For Your Food Business During Covid-19

Why Every Room Should Have a Solid Wood Statement Piece

Saving Our History: The Vast Digital Resource That Documents Our Past

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

sa gaming free credit

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful