Lorraine 1581 1/2 ecu
"FRANCE, LORRAINE, Charles III (1545-1608), AR florin d'argent (demi-écu), 1581, Nancy. D/ B. cuirassé à d, le col fraisé. R/ MONETA NOVA NANCEII CVSA Ecu couronné, entre deux croix de Lorraine couronnées. Très rare Trou de suspension à 12h. Très Beau. (France, duchy of Lorraine, Charles III, 1545-1608, silver florin or half écu of 1581, Nancy mint. Obverse: armored bust to right with ruffed collar; reverse: crowned arms between two crosses of Lorraine. Very rare, holed at top, 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 16,07 g.
Catalog reference: Flon 647, 97; Saulcy XXII, 1; coll. Robert -; coll. Monnier 368.
- Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 135, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.