S.1298, Derby, Walkelin -
Stephen (1135-54), Penny, 1.36g, Midland Group, 'local variant', c.1141, Derby, Walkelin, + ste[ph]anvs rex, crowned bust right holding sceptre in right hand, rev. whicheli[nvs d]erbi, voided cross in circle, martlet in each angle (Mack 175e and pl. v - this coin; SCBI 30 (America) 788 - this coin; same dies as BMC 245, SCBI 30 (America) 789 [= Mack 175g] and SCBI 20 (Mack) 1628 [= Mack 175j]; N.900; S.1298), an extremely rare and distinctive type.
Images and selected text reproduced by kind permission of Spink and Son Ltd, London, auction: 18048 - The Williams Collection Part III - Norman Coins, lot: 437. Provenance:
'Walkelin, the moneyer of Derby, is referred to in contemporary deeds and it is suggested that this type may have been issued by Robert de Ferrers, earl of Derby, during Stephen's captivity during the summer of 1141 when there was considerable chaos all over the country, particularly amongst the king's supporters, the unusual lettering and crude workmanship of the coins being the work of the local seal cutter'. Mack, BNJ XXXV, p.68