France 1559-M teston

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1100
This specimen was lot 1100 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €140 (about US$186 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, François II (1559-1560), AR teston, 1559M, Toulouse. 2e type. A l'effigie et au titre d'Henri II. D/ B. cuir. à d. R/ Ecu de France couronné, entre deux H couronnés. Fines griffes. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Francis II, 1559-60, silver teston of 1559, Toulouse mint, second type, with the bust and title of Henry II. Obverse: armored bust right; reverse: crowned arms of France between two crowned "H's". Fine scratches, Very Fine.)"
This type had a face value of 11 sols, 4 deniers. It was struck 1559-60 during the reign of Francis II but with the bare bust of Henry II.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9.598 g, .899 fine silver, this specimen 9,32 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1031; Ci. 1268; Laf. 865.

Source:

  • 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, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2019.

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