France 1561-M 1/2 teston
"FRANCE ROYALE, Charles IX (1560-1574), AR demi-teston, 1561 M, Toulouse. 2e type. A l'effigie et au titre d'Henri II. Droit: B. cuirassé à droite. Revers: Ecu couronné, entre deux H couronnés. Rare. Belle patine. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Charles IX (1560-74) silver half teston of 1561, Toulouse mint, second type, with the effigy and in the name of Henry II. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: crowned arms between two crowned "H's". Rare, nice toning, very fine to extremely fine.)"This coin was minted during the French Wars of Religion which broke out after the death of Henry II and lasted until Henry IV defeated all his rivals in 1594. The sons of Henry II, who were only teenagers when they ruled, often struck coins in the name of their father to increase their legitimacy. Milled coins would not become standard until the reign of Louis XIII (1610-1643). Duplessy lists this type for 1560-62.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 4.80 g, .899 fine silver, this specimen 4,16 g.
Catalog reference: Dupl-1051; Ci--; Laf-883.
- 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., Vente Publique 116, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2013.