Lorraine 1625 teston

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Jean Elsen sale 133, lot 1300
This specimen was lot 1300 in Jean Elsen sale 133 (Brussels, June 2017), where it sold for €460 (about US$608 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, LORRAINE, Duché, Charles IV et Nicole (1624-1625), AR teston, 1625, Nancy. D/ B. accolés à d. R/ Ecu couronné. Fines griffes. Très Beau à Superbe. (duchy of Lorraine, Charles IV and Nicole, 1624-25, silver teston of 1625, Nancy mint. Obverse: accolated busts to right; reverse: crowned arms. Fine scratches, very fine to extremely fine.)"
Lorraine in the early eighteenth century was in the borderlands between France and Germany and was contested between them. In 1625, she was still part of the Empire but the duke was a French client. This teston, while scarce, was struck 1624-27.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 8,98 g.

Catalog reference: Saulcy XXV, 13; coll. Robert 1538 var.; Flon 689, 3, KM-30.


  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 133, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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