Lorraine (1574-80) 1/4 teston

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1721
Lorraine in 1547, from Putzger's atlas
This specimen was lot 1721 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 100 CHF (about US$120 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Lothringen, Herzogtum, Karl III. 1545-1608. 1/4 Teston o. J. (1574-1580), Nancy. Münzmeisterzeichen F (Jean Ferry). Sehr schön. Gewellt. (duchy of Lorraine, Charles III, 1545-1608, undated quarter teston, Nancy mint, mintmaster F. Very fine, Wavy flan.)"
Altho the duke doubtless spoke French, he did not consider himself a subject of the king of France but rather of the emperor. The province would not fall under French domination until after the Thirty Years War and was not annexed until the death of the last duke in 1766.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver; this specimen 2.24 g.

Catalog reference: Flon 645,89.


  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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