France 1553-A teston

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Jean Elsen sale 120, lot 1237
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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The first specimen was lot 1237 in Jean Elsen sale 120 (Brussels, March 2014), where it sold for €500 (about US$822 including buyer's fees. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Henri II (1547-1559), AR teston du moulin, 1553 A, Paris. 3e type. Droit: Tête l. à droite. Revers: Ecu de France couronné. Rare. Beau à Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Henry II (1547-59), silver milled teston of 1553, Paris mint, third type. Obverse: laureate head to right; reverse: crowned arms of France. Rare, fine to very fine.)"
The portrait is of Henry II (r. 1547-59). Milled coinage was experimental in the sixteenth century and would not be generally adopted in France until the reform of 1640-42.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: .899 fine silver, 9.59 g, this specimen 9,18 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-989; Ci-1279; Laf-827.


  • 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, Vente Publique 120, Brussels: Jean Elsen & ses Fils, S.A., 2014.

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