France (1523-28)-Romans teston

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from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 739
This specimen was lot 739 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €280 (about US$355 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, François Ier (1515-1547), AR teston du Dauphiné, s.d. (1523-1528), point 2e, Romans. 2e type. D/ B. couronné et cuirassé à d. R/ Champ écartelé aux armes de Dauphiné et France. presque Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Francis I (1515-47), silver teston of Dauphiné, undated. Obverse: crowned and cuirassed bust to right; reverse: quartered arms of Dauphiné and France. About Very fine.)"
This silver teston was struck by the hammer at the Romans mint, which used a reverse peculiar to Dauphiné, a practice which continued until the reign of Louis XIV. The familiar mintmark letters were adopted in 1540, when Romans was assigned mintmark "Y". The weight and the shape of this specimen suggest that it has been clipped.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9.59 g, .899 fine silver, this specimen 8,15 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 823; Ci. -; Laf. 685.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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