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This is a nice silver teston minted in 1560, during the short reign of King Francis II and Mary Queen of Scots (1559-1560 A.D.)
After the death of King Henry II (in 1559) during a jousting tournament, the coinage still bore his name and portrait whilst a new design for his son Francis was being produced at the mint. This coin bears the bust of King Henry II in armour, dated 1560. In December 1560 King Francis died and the reign went to his brother and not to Mary who returned to Scotland.
A nice coin in circulated condition and toned.
CULTURE: Renaissance France
DATE: 1560 A.D.
SIZE: 29.14mm diameter
WEIGHT: 9.30 grams
ATTRIBUTION: Duplessy 1031
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection. Paris.