Lorraine 1666 1/2 teston

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1736
Lorraine in 1547, from Putzger's atlas
This specimen was lot 1736 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 200 CHF (about US$240 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Lothringen, Herzogtum, Karl IV., zweite Regierung, 1661-1670. 1/2 Teston 1666, Nancy. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. Leicht justiert. (duchy of Lorraine, Charles IV, second reign, 1661-70, half teston of 1666, Nancy mint. Very fine-extremely fine, Minor adjustment marks.)"
The duke of Lorraine had been left alone by the king of France until the reign of Louis XIII, when the region's strategic position attracted Richelieu's attention. From then until her final annexation in 1766, Lorraine was subjected to repeated interference, occupation and harassment. This half teston was issued during Charles IV's second reign of 1634-75, most of which he spent in exile. The type is known for 1663-66.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 4.5 g, silver; this specimen 4.31 g.

Catalog reference: Flon 716,52, KM 61.

Source:

  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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