DNW - Coins and Historical Medals
In an obituary written by Stan Woodside, he says of Barry “His greatest interest was numismatics, particularly Irish tokens, which began in the early 1980s. I once asked why the interest in these silly bits of metal, and he explained that it was through tokens that he learned about Irish social history and geography. Any trip with him back home to Ireland would invariably be accompanied by a cry of “I’ve got a token from here”
The Reverend Richard J Plant was a fellow Yorkshireman and writer on coins. He focused on making connections to the history, myths, places, objects and people on them. His writing career began in 1965, with an article for Seaby’s Coin & Medal Bulletin. He went on to write Greek Coin Types and Their Identification (1979), Roman Base Metal Coins (2000) and Roman Silver Coins (2005). Fittingly, his last substantial book was A Numismatic Journey Through the Bible (2007).
Lot 118, Stephen, Penny
This penny of Stephen was found at Skelton, North Yorkshire in 2019.
The obverse legend reads HENRICVS EPC and the reverse STEPHENVS REX.
The coin was issued by Henry Murdac as Archbishop of York. Murdac’s appointment as Archbishop of York was to follow a troubled path. He was installed as the new archbishop in 1147 by Pope Eugene III. However, Stephen refused to recognise him. In 1149 Murdac met with King David I of Scotland to offer support for his invasion of the north of England with the hope that he would install Murdac in York. David’s plan to invade Yorkshire was abandoned and in 1151, Stephen finally recognised him as Archbishop.
Estimate: £10,000 – £15,000
Below are my other picks from the auction, with their hammer price. Some of these are detecting finds. In addition to the hammer price, there is a Buyer’s Premium of 20%.
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Lot 119, Stephen Penny, Prince Henry Penny
The coin bears the legend N ENCI V CON (“Henry Count”). Henry was the son and heir of King David I of Scotland. Following a treaty between David and King Stephen, Henry became Earl of Northumberland and offered fealty to Stephen. Therefore, by the way of issue it is English but due to Henry’s heirdom it is classified as a Scottish issue.
Found in Northumberland in October 2020. Detecting finds of Prince Henry coinage are rare.
Estimate: £6,000 – £8,000