Lorraine 1718 2 teston

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1742
This specimen was lot 1742 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 350 CHF (about US$420 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Lothringen, Herzogtum, Leopold I. 1690-1729. Doppelter Teston 1718, Nancy. Sehr schön. Justiert. (duchy of Lorraine, Leopold I, 1690-1729, double teston of 1718, Nancy mint. Very fine, Adjustment marks.)"
Lorraine in the early eighteenth century was in the borderlands between France and Germany and was contested between them. In 1721, 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 unlisted in the SCWC but is the right weight for a double teston.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver; this specimen 18.71 g.

Catalog reference: Flon 905,110, KM unlisted.


  • [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.

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