«Money in the Roman Republic»

Duchy of Ferrara, Ercole I d'Este, Testone

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Duchy of Ferrara, Ercole I d'Este, Testone (obverse) Duchy of Ferrara, Ercole I d'Este, Testone (reverse)

The term testone derives from the portrait on the coin (Italian testa = head) and is used as name for large, heavy silver coins minted in Italy since the mid-15th century. Galeazo Maria Sforza, duke of Milan, minted the first of these coins in 1474. From then on the name testone was applied to all large silver coins roughly similar to the Milan prototype. This testone was issued by his grandson Ercole I d'Este (1471-1505).

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