Lorraine 1704 thaler Dav-2387

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1738
This specimen was lot 1738 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 3,000 CHF (about US$3,600 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Lothringen, Herzogtum, Leopold I. 1690-1729. Taler 1704, Nancy. Selten. Sehr schön. Leicht justiert. (duchy of Lorraine, Leopold I, 1690-1729, thaler of 1704, Nancy mint. Rare, Very fine, Minor adjustment marks.)"
Lorraine in the early eighteenth century was in the borderlands between France and Germany and was contested between them. In 1725, 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 Stanislaus Leszczynski, erstwhile king of Poland and father-in-law of Louis XV. On his death in 1766, Lorraine passed to France. This coin is listed in the SCWC for 1704-05. It is rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver; this specimen 27.11 g.

Catalog reference: Flon 873,25. Dav-2387, KM 98.


  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., German Talers, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1965.

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