Lorraine 1728 masson

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1749
photo courtesy www.poinsignon-numismatique.fr
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The first specimen was lot 1749 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 120 CHF (about US$144 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Lothringen, Herzogtum, Leopold I. 1690-1729. Masson de 12 sous 6 deniers 1728, Nancy. Sehr schön. Kleiner Schrötlingsfehler. (duchy of Lorraine, Leopold I, 1690-1729, masson of 12 sous and 6 deniers of 1728, Nancy mint. Very fine, Minor flan defect.)"
The second specimen was offered in July 2018 by Poinsignon Numismatique (Strasbourg, France) at 100 €. They commented, "Double Masson de 12 sous 6 deniers 1728. Nancy. TB /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; the first specimen 3.28 g, the second specimen 3,13 g.

Catalog reference: Flon 930,161, KM 72?.


  • [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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