France 1559-K teston

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Jean Elsen list 259, lot 1054
France 1559K teston rev JElsen 259-1054.jpg
This specimen was lot 1054 in Jean Elsen price list 259 (Brussels, January-March 2012), where it was offered at €300. The catalog noted,
"FRANCE ROYALE, François II (1559-1560), AR teston, 1559 K, Bordeaux. 2e type. A l'effigie et au titre de son père Henri II. Droit: B. cuirassé à droite. Revers: Ecu de France couronné, entre deux H couronnés. Très Beau (kingdom of France, Francis II (1559-60). silver teston of 1559. Bordeaux mint, second type, with the bust of Henry II. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: crowned arms of France between two crowned H's. VF)"
The portrait is of Henry II (r. 1547-59) tho issued during the reign of Francis II. 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 1559-60.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9.59 g, .899 fine silver, 9,46 g (this specimen).

Catalog reference: Dupl., 1031; Ciani 1268; Laf., 865.


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Elsen, Philippe, et al., Liste 259, Brussels: Jean Elsen & ses Fils, S.A., 2012.

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