France 1555-H teston

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Sincona sale 51, lot 3435
This specimen was lot 3435 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Frankreich, Henri II. 1547-1559. Teston 1555 H, La Rochelle. Gutes sehr schön. Leichter Doppelschlag, sonst schön ausgeprägt. (kingdom of France, Henry II, 1547-59, teston of 1555, La Rochelle mint. Good very fine, Minor double strike on reverse, otherwise well struck.)"
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. This type is listed in Duplessy for 1551-58 with a face value of 11 sols, 4 deniers tournois.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9.59 g, .899 fine silver, this specimen 9.49 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 983.


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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