France 1554-G teston
This specimen was lot 42746 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2019), where it sold for $960. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. Teston, 1554-G. Poitiers Mint. Henry II (1547-59). NGC AU-55. Evenly struck with rich tone over both sides that contains bright iridescent hues around the outer legends. Overall, about as fine as one could possibly expect from the issue. From the Collection of Dr. James Eustace Bizzell, II." This is the second type of teston issued for Henry II and was issued 1551-58.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 9.59 g, .899 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Roberts-3513; Dup-983.
- Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2014 Chicago ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the David O'Harrow Collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.