Lorraine 1719 2 teston
This specimen was offered in July 2018 by Poinsignon Numismatique (Strasbourg, France) at 750,00 €. They commented, "Double teston 1719. Nancy. Variante avec un petit point à droite de la pointe de l'écu. Provenance: Poinsignon Numismatique, Strasbourg, 1990, Malgré quelques légers défauts de frappe, NON CIRCULE." 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 18,70 g.
Catalog reference: Flon p 907, 116, KM unlisted.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.