France 1563-D 1/2 teston

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1114
This specimen was lot 1114 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €300 (about US$398 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
" FRANCE, Royaume, Charles IX (1560-1574), AR demi-teston, 1563D, Lyon. 4e type. D/ B. l. et cuir. à g. R/ Ecu de France couronné. Rare Belle patine. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Charles IX, 1560-74, silver half teston of 1563, Lyon mint, fourth type. Obverse: laureate and armored bust left; reverse: crowned arms of France. Rare, nice patina, Very Fine.)"
This demi-teston was the fourth type issued for Charles IX. It has a different abbreviation on the reverse and no crowned "C's". It was worth six sols tournois and was struck 1561-74 at Limoges, 1562-72 at Lyon. The date is in Roman numerals.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 4.79 g, .899 fine silver, this specimen 4,67 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1072; Ci. -; Laf. 902.

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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