Benvenuto Cellini and the Testoon for Alessandro de’ Medici: A Preliminary Study

Luciano Giannoni, Riccardo Marzi


This paper, that was born out of a discussion between the two authors on the online forum, is a preliminary study of the dies of the Testoon of Alessandro de’ Medici,
engraved, together with other monetary types, by the famous Benvenuto Cellini. The study will also
try to provide a few statistics on the weight of the coin in question. The final objective will be to
determine the total number of dies and a possible mintage figure, which would be possible once
more specimen will become available to study.

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CELLINI, B. (1834) Vita di Benvenuto Cellini scritta da lui medesimo, libro I, cap. XVI, pp.225-

, Firenze (ma Parigi)

CIPOLLA, C.M. (1987) La moneta a Firenze nel Cinquecento.

Corpus Nummorum Italicorum, vol. XII Toscana (Firenze), pagg. 244-245, nn. 17-20.


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