Lorraine 1629 teston KM-45

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Jean Elsen sale 117, lot 1859
Lorraine 1629 teston rev JElsen 117-1859.jpg
This specimen was lot 1859 in Jean Elsen sale 117 (Brussels, June 2013), where it sold for €140 (about US$221 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, LORRAINE, Charles IV (1626-1634), AR teston, 1629, Nancy. Droit: B. drapé et cuirassé à droite. Revers: Ecu couronné. Coup de poinçon au revers. Très Beau. (Lorraine, Charles IV (1626-34), silver teston of 1629, Nancy mint. Obverse: draped and armored bust to right; reverse: crowned arms. Punch mark on reverse; very fine.)"
Lorraine in the early eighteenth century was in the borderlands between France and Germany and was contested between them. In 1711, she was still part of the Empire but the duke was a French client. His son, Francis III (1729-37) married Maria Theresia of Austria and was forced to trade Lorraine for Tuscany. Lorraine went to Stanilaus Leszczynski, erstwhile king of Poland and father-in-law of Louis XV. On his death in 1766, Lorraine passed to France. This teston, while scarce, was struck 1626-32. Another teston, with a different bust (KM 35), is recorded for 1626-31.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 8.59 g.

Catalog reference: B., 1557; Saulcy, XXVI, 4, KM-45.


  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 117: Collection Jean-Jacques Symoens, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2013.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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