Metz 1599 testone

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1760
Metz in 1648
This specimen was lot 1760 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 150 CHF (about US$180 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Metz, Bistum, Teston 1599. Selten. Fast sehr schön. (bishopric of Metz, teston of 1599. Rare, About very fine.)"
This type is catalogued in the SCWC as a quarter thaler but the weight suggests a one-third thaler instead. Only the 1628 is shown therein but other dates obviously exist.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: 9.14 g, silver, this specimen 9.22 g.

Catalog reference: Wendling II/F/l/3. Flon 742,5, KM-15.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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