France 1562-L teston

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from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 747
This specimen was lot 747 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €60 (about US$76 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Charles IX (1560-1574), AR teston, 1562L, Bayonne. 3e type. D/ B. l. et cuir. à g. R/ Ecu couronné, entre deux K couronnés. Griffes au droit. presque Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Charles IX (1560-74), silver teston of 1562, Bayonne mint, third type. Obverse: laureate and cuirassed bust to left; reverse: crowned arms divide two crowned "K's". Obverse scratches, about very fine.)"
Duplessy lists this type for 1562-74, one of several (Dupl-1063, -1067, -1069, -1071, -1072b, -1073) bearing the portrait of the boy king Charles IX. During the Wars of Religion, which broke out during his reign, the protestants seized and operated several mints. This specimen was struck by the hammer.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9.59 g, .899 fine silver, this specimen 9,11 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 1069; Ci. 1359; Laf. 899.


  • 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 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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