A small silver coin current in the thirteenth century and later. The name is also found written as Easterling, Sterling, and in a mint ordinance issued at Antwerp in 1525 there is a reference to Estrelin.
Their characteristic is a bust or head of the ruler or mint master on the obverse, and a cross with pellets in the angles on the reverse.
The Esterlins were originally introduced into England and were copied in Brabant, Flanders, various parts of Prance and in Germany. See Sterling.
See Also: Esterlin
Source: Frey's Dictionary (American Journal of Numismatics, Vol. 50, 1916)