Lorraine 1716 teston KM 96

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Jean Elsen sale 105, lot 759
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another specimen, from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The specimen shown is a teston of duke Leopold (r. 1690-1729) struck at Nancy 1716-17. The first specimen was lot 759 in Jean Elsen sale 105 (Brussels, June 2010), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, LORRAINE, Léopold Ier (1690-1729), AR teston à l'écu, 1716, Nancy. Droit : B. à droite. Revers : Ecu à la croix de Jérusalem, sous une couronne. Légère double frappe. Superbe." (Lorraine, Leopold I (1690-1729), silver teston of 1716, Nancy mint. Obverse: bust facing right; reverse: crowned shield with the cross of Jerusalem. Lightly double struck, Extremely Fine.)
Lorraine in the early eighteenth century was in the borderlands between France and Germany and was contested between them. In 1716, 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, is more available than the very rare thalers and gold coins of the period. Another teston, with a different reverse, is recorded for 1710-16.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver; this specimen 8,30 g.

Catalog reference: B., -; Saulcy, XXXI, 1; coll. Robert 1592, KM 96.


  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente publique 105, Brussels: Jean Elsen, 2010.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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