Lorraine 1545 teston

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Jean Elsen sale 131, lot 949
This specimen was lot 949 in Jean Elsen sale 131 (Brussels, December 2016), where it sold for €550 (about US$690 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, LORRAINE, Duché, François Ier (1544-1545), AR teston, 1545, Nancy. D/ B. cuirassé et couronné à g. R/ Ecu couronné. Rare Fines griffes. Très Beau. (duchy of Lorraine, Francis I (1544-45), silver teston of 1545, Nancy mint. Obverse: armored and crowned bust to left; reverse: crowned arms. Rare, fine scratches, very 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 9,18 g.

Catalog reference: Saulcy XVII, 8; coll. Robert 1439; coll. Monnier 336; Flon 602, 2.


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

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