France 1560-M teston

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Jean Elsen sale 117, lot 1760
France 1560M teston rev JElsen 117-1760.jpg
Jean Elsen sale 136, lot 1418
This specimen was lot 1760 in Jean Elsen sale 117 (Brussels, June 2013), where it sold for €150 (about US$237 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, François II (1559-1560), AR teston, 1560 M, Toulouse. 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 1560, Toulouse mint, second type, with the effigy and in the name of Henry II. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: crowned arms of France between two crowned 'H's', very fine.)"
It was sold again as lot 1418 in Jean Elsen sale 136 (Brussels, March 2018), where it sold for €200 (about US$294 including buyer's fees). Duplessy lists this type for 1559-60. No coinage exists with François' portrait; Henry's bust was used until 1562.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9.59 g, .899 fine silver, this specimen 9.44 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1031; Ciani-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, Vente Publique 117: Collection Jean-Jacques Symoens, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2013.

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