Lorraine 1603 ecu Dav-6901

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40495
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC
Lorraine in 1547, from Putzger's atlas

This specimen was lot 40495 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $7,638. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Lorraine. Ecu, 1603. Nancy Mint. NGC AU-53. Artistic Portrait Ecu of Charles III (1545-1608). RARE. Darkly toned. From the Demarete Collection." Of the three types of écus the SCWC lists for Lorraine for 1603 (Dav-6901, -6902, -6903), this is the only one with a price. In 1603, duke Karl 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: silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-6901; KM-5 (under Germany).


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Davenport, John S., German Secular Talers, 1600-1700, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1976.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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