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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
Reviewed by Chris - Appraisal OK, 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 lvdovicvs sforza midieval mediaeval itialy italiana italians intaly italian ditalia italiane italia itali lodovico front sf dvx mediolani 7 one snake head coat arms mii 2 type peace pipes pipe oci avs ones coats crests insignia crested crest creast types angius angle anve shield angled angles sheild shiled shied chevrons shileld shild escucheon shelid chevron ashield shields crown tiara eagle hawk falcon serpent circle ring crowned crwon crpwn crowns tiarra crowning tiera eaglets egals eable egal eagles eag ealge eagel asps snakes asp circled encircle crrcle cirle circlet circles circlr circal citcle encircled ringed circumscibed cirlce circel encircles encircling rings circling cirlces circular cicurling circumscribed

  

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