France (1540-47)-D teston

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Kunker sale 263, lot 1668
Sincona sale 47, lot 1613
The first specimen was lot 1668 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabruck, June 2015), where it sold for €600 (about US$775 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"KÖNIGREICH François I, 1515-1547. Teston o. J. (1540-1547), 25. Typ, D, Lyon. Sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Francis I, 1515-47, undated teston of about 1540-47, Lyon mint, very fine.)"
The second specimen was lot 1613 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 275 CHF (about US$330 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANKREICH, Konigreich, François I. 1515-1547. Teston o. J. Lyon. Sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Francis I, 1515-47, undated teston, Lyon mint. Very fine.)"
Numismatists divide the coinage of Francis I into two periods, separated by the introduction of modern mintmarks in 1540. Duplessy lists 28 types of silver testons from this reign, of which types 19 thru 28 were minted with mintmarks. None are dated. This one, catalogued as type 25, is noted for the Lyon (mintmark "D") and Toulouse (mintmark "M") mints.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, the second specimen 9.25 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 904.


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Roberts, James N., The Silver Coins of Medieval France (476-1610 AD), S. Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1996.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.
  • [2]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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