Lorraine 1512 1/4 teston

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Jean Elsen sale 131, lot 947
This specimen was lot 947 in Jean Elsen sale 131 (Brussels, December 2016), where it sold for €800 (about US$1,003 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, LORRAINE, Duché, Antoine (1508-1544), AR quart de teston, 1512, Nancy. Premier type. D/ + ANTHONIVS LOTHOR ET BAR DVX B. cuirassé et couronné à g. R/ MONETA NACEII CVSA Ecu couronné, la date à l'exerque. Extrêmement rare Beau portrait. Très Beau à Superbe. (duchy of Lorraine, Anthony (1508-44), silver quarter teston of 1512, Nancy mint, first type. Obverse: armored and crowned bust to left; reverse: crowned arms, date below. Extremely rare, nice portrait, very fine to extremely fine.)"
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 2,39 g.

Catalog reference: Saulcy XV, 11; coll. Robert -; coll. Monnier 299; Flon 592, 57.


  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 131, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2016.

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