testone

teston

[tes-tuhn, -ton, te-stoon]
noun
1.
a former silver coin of France, equal at various times to between 10 and 14½ sols, bearing on the obverse a bust of the reigning king.
2.
a former silver coin of England, issued by Henry VII, Henry VIII, and Edward VI, and bearing on the obverse the bust of the reigning king: equal originally to 12 pence, later to sixpence.
3.
Also, testone [te-stoh-ney] . a former silver coin of Milan, first issued in 1468, bearing on the obverse a bust of the Duke of Milan.
Also, testoon [te-stoon] .


Origin:
1535–45; < French < Italian testone, augmentative of testa head < Late Latin; see testa

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teston or testoon (ˈtɛstən, tɛˈstuːn)
 
n
1.  a French silver coin of the 16th century
2.  Also called: tester an English silver coin of the 16th century, originally worth one shilling, bearing the head of Henry VIII
 
[C16: from Italian testone, from testa head, from Late Latin: skull, from Latin: shell]
 
testoon or testoon
 
n
 
[C16: from Italian testone, from testa head, from Late Latin: skull, from Latin: shell]

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