France 1563-M teston

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 10204
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 10204 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $235. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Teston, 1563-M. Charles IX (1560-74). Toned. NGC EF-45. From the Demarete Collection." The specimen shown is a teston of Charles IX of France (r. 1560-74) struck by the hammer at the Toulouse mint (mintmark "M") in 1563. It is one of several types (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.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9.59 g, .899 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Roberts-3551; Dup-1063; Ciani-1356.


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.

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