Lorraine 1515 florin Fr-142

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Goldberg sale 85, lot 3247
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles
Lorraine in 1547, from Putzger's atlas
This specimen was lot 3247 in Goldberg sale 85 (Los Angeles, June 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,

"France: Lorraine. Florin, 1515. Antoine Le Bon, 1508-1544. Crowned bust facing left. Reverse: Seven part crowned arms. This is a wonderful example, crisp strike, bold portrait, and mint luster. This is a exceptional coin of this classic renaissance style. Very Rare. NGC graded MS-62.

Antoine (1489-1544) was raised in French King Louis XII's court. Being close to the French rulers, he joint both Louis XII's and Francis I's campaign in Italy. The date of 1515 is very important in that part of history. Louis XII passed away in this year and Antoine participated in the French military activities in Italy again, with King Francis I this time. Meanwhile, locating right on the border of France and Germany, the duchy of Lorraine had to face the frequent conflicts between the two forces. After experiencing the German peasants' insurrections, Antoine tend to be neutral between Francis I and Charles V of Holy Roman Empire in his later life.

An historic piece that may form an excellent collection of the Italian Renaissance Wars together with other early gold pieces of Italy and France that we're offering in this auction."

In the sixteenth century, the duke of Lorraine would have considered himself a subject of the German emperor; only in Louis XIV's time did Lorraine fall into the French sphere of influence and it wasn't annexed to France until 1766.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-142.

Source:

  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 85: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2015.

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