Coins and Seals

I thought it might be interesting to take a short break from the biographies, have a change of pace, and take a quick look at the variety of coinage minted during the reign of King Stephen.

The coins above depict from left to right:
• King Stephen holding a sceptre
• Eustace of Boulogne. He was appointed governor of York and permitted to strike coins there
• King Stephen and Matilda of Boulogne
• Robert, Earl of Gloucester
• a silver penny of Matilda, The Empress

King Stephen had two seals. The first one is shown below.

The second one, which is featured on the home page of the blog, is thought to have been made in c.1142 after the Battle of Lincoln and his release from imprisonment in Bristol castle, the stronghold of Robert, Earl of Gloucester.


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