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Medieval Italy Milan Testone Ludovico Sforza  1489 to 1508
Medieval Italy Milan Testone Ludovico Sforza 1489 to 1508

The coin in our picture is a silver testone of Ludovico Sforza, duke of Milan (Mediolani) in Northern Italy from 1489 to 1508. It carries the coat of arms of Sforza with the characteristic snakes and eagles.

These coins are more common than one might think, and a quick search of the Internet shows many examples in various states of preservation. The coin in our picture comes from Ponterio & Associates and CoinQuest thanks them for use of their image.

Typical catalog values run like this:

worn: $300
average circulated: $500
well preserved: $1200

The item that Sal describes is different than this coin. It has many of the features of this coin, but not all. Since Sal's piece is mounted in jewelry, it may be a take-off from this coin, or it may be a coin that we are not familiar with. In any case, coins mounted in jewelry carry no collector value, so the best place for Sal to go is to a jeweler. (Sal, if you would like to send a picture, use the Contact Us link to start an e-mail exchange with CoinQuest).

Coin: 12944 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: Sal, Sun, 21-Oct-2012 05:20:34 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Thu, 10-Oct-2013 00:06:34 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Tue, 07-Oct-2014 05:50:36 GMT
Requester description: front: lvdovicvs m sf dvx mediolani 7 c with pic. of Ludovico sforza with one snake on the right side of his head and one on the left. the back: his coat of arms in the middle dvx on the left side and mii on the right side of the coat.also 2 type of peace pipes one on the left and one on the right. And at the bottom oci avs
Tags: medieval italy milan testone ludovico louis sforza italiana italians italian ditalia italiane italia itali ludovicus luis lvd ludouicus luiz louise ludovicis lodovico luise ludovicvs ludovigus lud ludov lvdovicvs sf dvx mediolani 7 one snake head coat shield arms mii 2 type peace pipes pipe oci avs ones sheild coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia arm crested crest chevron creast shields escutcheon types angius angle angled angles crown tiara eagle hawk falcon serpent circle ring crowned crowns tiarra crowning tiera eaglets egals egal eagles eagel asps snakes asp circled encircle circlet circles loops circal encircled circuit ringed circumscibed incircled circel circumference encircles encircling rings circling loop circular circumscribed

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