Lorraine 1588 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 131, lot 952
This specimen was lot 952 in Jean Elsen sale 131 (Brussels, December 2016), where it sold for €850 (about US$1,066 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, LORRAINE, Charles III (1545-1608), AR florin d'argent (demi-écu aux aigles), 1588, Nancy. D/ B. barbu et cuirassé à g R/ MO- N-OVA- NANC C-VSA Ecu de Lorraine sous un heaume drapé, couronné et cimé d'une aigle éployée, soutenu par deux aigles. Très rare Trace de monture. Très Beau. (duchy of Lorraine, Charles II (1545-1608), silver florin (half ecu of the eagles) of 1588, Nancy mint. Obverse: bearded armored bust to left; reverse: arms of Lorraine below and draped helmet with crown and displayed eagle, supported by two eagles. Very rare, trace of mounting, 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 15,93 g.

Catalog reference: Saulcy XXIII, 10; coll. Robert -; coll. Monnier -; Flon 654, 125.


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

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