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Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots

Lot nuber 1118

ITALY, Ferrara (ducato). Ercole I d'Este. 1471-1505. AR Quarto – Testone (28mm, 8.91 g, 2h).


Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots
Lot: 1118.
 Estimated: $ 7 500

World, Silver

Sold For $ 10 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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ITALY, Ferrara (ducato). Ercole I d'Este. 1471-1505. AR Quarto – Testone (28mm, 8.91 g, 2h). HERCVLES • DUX • FERRARIAE • II •, head left / Classical horseman riding right, with flowing cloak and extended right hand. Grierson, Coins of Medieval Europe 402; CNI X 33; Bellesia, Ferrara 19/D; MIR 254; Biaggi 771. Toned. EF. Very rare.

From the Richard A. Jourdan Collection of Medieval European Coins. Ex Triton XX (10 January 2017), lot 1243; Münzen und Medaillen AG 50 (27 February 1975), lot 666.

The Testone was introduced in 1474 in Milan and by the end of the century the denomination was established in most of Italy. Inspired by the progress in medallic art under the likes of Pisanello the great Italian families of the Renaissance introduced realistic portraiture to the coinage. Here we have a splendid effigy of Ercole I d’Este combined with the great equestrian statue of Francesco Sforza. This was modelled after Leonardo da Vinci’s statue at the Sforza Castello in Milan.

The final winners of all Triton XXIII lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 14-15 January 2020. Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots will be held Wednesday afternoon, 15 January 2020 beginning at 2:00 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and in person at the public auction, 22.50% for all others.