Lorraine 1710 teston
The specimen shown is a teston of duke Leopold (r. 1690-1729) struck at Nancy 1709-16. This specimen was lot 70465 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, May 2018), where it sold for $192. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. Lorraine. Teston, 1710. Leopold I (1697-1729). NGC AU-58. Duchy. Overstruck, uncertain undertype. No obvious adjustment marks, some luster in margins. Some light toning." 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 Stanislaus 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, is more available than the very rare thalers and gold coins of the period. Another teston, with a different reverse, is recorded for 1716-17.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: KM-95.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The May 2018 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.