Lorraine 1720 2 teston

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photo courtesy Philippe Saive Numismatique
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This specimen was offered in July 2018 by Philippe Saive Numismatique (Metz, France) at 600 €. They commented, "Duché de Lorraine Léopold I (1690-1729) Double teston 1720 TTB/TTB+." 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 18,72 g.

Catalog reference: Flon 121 p. 909, KM unlisted.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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