Lorraine 1724 1/2 thaler

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1747
This specimen was lot 1747 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 300 CHF (about US$360 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Lothringen, Herzogtum, Leopold I. 1690-1729. 1/2 Léopold dargent 1724, Nancy. Gutes sehr schön. Leicht justiert. (duchy of Lorraine, Leopold I, 1690-1729, half leopold of 1724, Nancy mint. Good very fine, Minor adjustment marks.)"
Lorraine in the early eighteenth century was in the borderlands between France and Germany and was contested between them. In 1725, 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 catalogued by Elsen as a half écu and by Davenport as a half thaler but is neither, weighing about three-eighths of an écu or thaler. It is rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 10 g, silver; this specimen 10.10 g.

Catalog reference: Flon 917,142, KM 103.


  • [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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