Obverse legend : O MATER DEI MEMENTO MEI.
Obverse description : Écu de France couronné entouré du collier de l'ordre de Saint Michel.
Obverse translation : O Mère de Dieu, souviens-Toi de moi.
Reverse legend : AVE MARIA GRATIA PLENA.1556.
Reverse description : Monogramme de Henri et de Catherine, formé d'un H et de deux C retournés, ressemblant à des D.
Reverse translation : Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grâces.
Henry II (1519-1559) was the son of Francois I and Claude de France. In 1533, he married the niece of Pope, Catherine de Medici (1519-1589), and he succeeded his father in 1547. The British evacuate Boulogne in 1550. Henri II emphasizes the fight against the Protestants. In 1552, the Treaty of Chambord, he acquired the Three Bishoprics are occupied and defended against the Imperials. It occupies Siena until the year 1555, but Turin is lost in the same year. Charles V abdicated in 1556 in favor of his son Philip II and his brother Ferdinand, the war against the Imperials resumed in 1557. The French fought in Saint-Quentin. Calais is taken from the English by the Duke of Guise. The Dauphin Francois wife Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. The Treaty of Cateau-Cambrai ends the war between France and Austria. Philip married Elizabeth, daughter of Henry II. The king died on July 10 despite the care of Amboise Paré, following an injury to the eye received on June 30 at the marriage festivities of the royal children.