Lorraine 1569 thaler Dav-9386

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Jean Elsen sale 133, lot 1297
Sincona sale 51, lot 3537
Lorraine in 1547, from Putzger's atlas
The first specimen was lot 1297 in Jean Elsen sale 133 (Brussels, June 2017), where it sold for €2,600 (about US$3,437 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, LORRAINE, Duché, Charles III (1545-1608), AR tallar (écu), 1569, Nancy. D/ B. cuir. à d. R/ Ecu couronné de Lorraine, entouré de sept écussons couronnés. Rare Belle patine. Très Beau à Superbe. (duchy of Lorraine, Charles III, 1545-1608, silver thaler of 1569, Nancy mint. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: crowned arms of Lorraine surrounded by seven other crowned shields. Rare, nice toning, very fine to extremely fine.)"
This specimen was lot 3537 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted,
"Lothringen, Herzogtum, Karl III. 1545-1608. Taler 1569. Flon 60. Dav-9385. Sehr selten. NGC XF40. (France, duchy of Lorraine, Charles III, 1545-1608, thaler of 1569. Very rare, 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 28,29 g.

Catalog reference: Saulcy XX, 2; coll. Robert 1455; Flon 638, 60; Dav-9386.


  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 133, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.
  • [2]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018

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