Metz 1605 testone
This specimen was lot 22284 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $763.75. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. Bishopric of Strassburg & Metz. Testone, 1605. Karl von Lothringen (1593-1607). PCGS MS-64 Secure Holder. Sharply struck, very appealing toning and a high degree of underlying luster. Quite attractive." This type is catalogued in the SCWC as a one-third thaler struck 1602-08.
Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.
Specification: 9.14 g, silver.
Catalog reference: KM-244 (listed under Strasbourg).
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.