Lorraine 1724 thaler Dav-2389

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1746
This specimen was lot 1746 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 525 CHF (about US$630 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Lothringen, Herzogtum, Leopold I. 1690-1729. Léopold dargent 1724, Nancy. Selten in dieser Erhaltung. Vorzüglich. Minimal justiert. (duchy of Lorraine, Leopold I, 1690-1729, silver leopold of 1724, Nancy mint. Rare in this condition, Extremely 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 thaler but is neither, weighing about three-fourths of an écu or thaler. It is rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 20 g, silver; this specimen 20.29 g.

Catalog reference: Flon 917,141, KM 108, Dav-2389.


  • [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.
  • Davenport, John S., German Talers, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1965.

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