Testoon

The precusor to the shilling this coin was introduced under Henry VII in 1489. It was worth 12 pence and continued to be issued until the reign of Edward VI as a postumous issue of Henry VIII. It was replaced by the shilling in 1549.

The testoon of Henry VIII has a lovely facing portrait of the king. However the coins are often in poor condition due to the base silver used. The reverse shows a crowned rose.

Testoons of Henry VIII were minted at the tower, Southwark and Bristol.

 

 

                              Henry VIII testoon