Matilda Penny

Matilda (Empress 1141-1148)

Empress Matilda, Matilda of England or Empress Maude, was one of the claimants to the English throne during the civil war known as the Anarchy. Her 'reign' was 8 April 1141 until 1148.

Matilda was born 7 February 1102 in Winchester or Sutton Courtenay (Oxfordshire, England) to Henry I of England and Matilda of Scotland. She was married to Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor (1114–1125) and then Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou (m. 1128–1151).

Her father (Henry I) had promised her the throne of England and on his death Matilda came to England (from France) to make a claim, by force if necessary. There were several battles but eventually Matilda went back to France and her son became King Henry II. Matilda was never crowned Queen and died in Rouen, France on 10 September 1167 aged 65.

The coins of this period are generally rare and expensive. Some were minted by Matilda, others by other Dukes of the Angevin Empire aristocracy, which are those connected to French Kings that owned land in England.

 Obverse Reverse1141 Penny - Empress Matilda
Mintage: Rare

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