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The Chalkis Hoard of Venetian Tornesello

The Chalkis Hoard of 4806 torneselli was found in Greece about 1980, cataloged by Alan M. Stahl, and published in "The Venetian Tornesello, a Medieval Colonial Coinage" (NNM No. 163, ANS, NY, 1985). Initially it was believed the hoard had been found near Arta, the capital of medieval Epirus. Subsequent investigation indicated the hoard was more likely found in the Chalkis area of Negroponte and was probably lost when Negroponte fell to the Turks in 1470. The dealer John Aiello donated 82 coins of 59 different types from the hoard to the ANS. One thousand of the Chalikis Hoard coins are in the Numismatic Collection of the Smithsonian Institution. The remaining coins were disbursed commercially, chiefly by the dealer Alex G. Malloy, who is now a Forum staff consultant. More than half of the coins in the hoard (2629 of 4806) were minted by Doge Antonio Venier, 1382 - 1400.
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Republic of Venice, Doge Giovanni Dolfin, 1356 - 1361

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Giovanni Dolfin (died July 12, 1361) was the fifty-seventh Doge of Venice, appointed on August 13, 1356. Despite his value as general, during his reign Venice lost Dalmatia. He was blind in one eye from a wound received in battle.

The tornesello was minted in Venice but was specifically designated for use by the administrators of colonies of Coron and Modon, Negroponte and Crete. Struck in an alloy of 1/9 silver, they were intended as a replacement for the Frankish denier tournois, last minted in 1350.
ME46296. Billon tornesello, Stahl tornesello 4, Biaggi 2835 (R4), VF, weight 0.645 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 135o, obverse + : IO • DELPhYNO • DVX, cross pattée; reverse + • VEXELIFER • VENETIA, winged lion of San Marco, seated facing, holding Gospels in forepaws; ex Chalkis Hoard, ex Alex G. Malloy; very rare; SOLD


Republic of Venice, Doge Lorenzo Celsi, 1361 - 1365

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Lorenzo Celsi (born c. 1310, died July 18, 1365) served as the 58th Doge of Venice, from July 16, 1361 until his death. He was the son of a rich family and was previously noted for leading a flotilla against Genoa. During his reign, Celsi confronted the revolt of St. Tito in Crete, a rebellion that overthrew the Venetian authorities and attempted to create an independent state.

The tornesello was minted in Venice but was specifically designated for use by the administrators of colonies of Coron and Modon, Negroponte and Crete. Struck in an alloy of 1/9 silver, they were intended as a replacement for the Frankish denier tournois, last minted in 1350.
ME46301. Billon tornesello, Stahl tornesello 5, Biaggi -, VF, weight 0.629 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 45o, obverse + • LAVR • CELSI • DVX, cross pattée; reverse + VEXELIFER • VENETIA, winged lion of San Marco, seated facing, holding Gospels in forepaws; ex Chalkis Hoard, ex Alex G. Malloy; rare; SOLD


Republic of Venice, Doge Michele Morosini, 10 June - 16 October 1382

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Michele Morosini (1308 - 16 October 1382) was the Doge of Venice for a few months, from 10 June to his death, due to the plague, in October the same year.

The tornesello was minted in Venice but was specifically designated for use by the administrators of colonies of Coron and Modon, Negroponte and Crete. Struck in an alloy of 1/9 silver, they were intended as a replacement for the Frankish denier tournois, last minted in 1350.
ME46318. Billon tornesello, Stahl tornesello 12 - 13, Biaggi 2852 (R4), aVF, uneven strike, weight 0.653 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 0o, obverse + MIChL MAVROC DVX, cross pattée; reverse + VEXELIFER VENETIA, winged lion of San Marco, seated facing, holding Gospels in forepaws; ex Chalkis Hoard, ex Alex G. Malloy; very rare; SOLD


Republic of Venice, Doge Giovanni Dolfin, 1356 - 1361

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Giovanni Dolfin (died July 12, 1361) was the fifty-seventh Doge of Venice, appointed on August 13, 1356. Despite his value as general, during his reign Venice lost Dalmatia. He was blind in one eye from a wound received in battle.

The tornesello was minted in Venice but was specifically designated for use by the administrators of colonies of Coron and Modon, Negroponte and Crete. Struck in an alloy of 1/9 silver, they were intended as a replacement for the Frankish denier tournois, last minted in 1350.
ME46287. Billon tornesello, Stahl tornesello 4, Biaggi 2835 (R4), VF, weight 0.760 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 0o, obverse • + IO : DELPhYNO DVX, cross pattée; reverse • + VEXELIFER • VENETIA, winged lion of San Marco, seated facing, holding Gospels in forepaws; ex Chalkis Hoard, ex Alex G. Malloy; very rare; SOLD


Republic of Venice, Doge Michele Morosini, 10 June - 16 October 1382

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Michele Morosini (1308 - 16 October 1382) was the Doge of Venice for a few months, from 10 June to his death, due to the plague, in October the same year.

The tornesello was minted in Venice but was specifically designated for use by the administrators of colonies of Coron and Modon, Negroponte and Crete. Struck in an alloy of 1/9 silver, they were intended as a replacement for the Frankish denier tournois, last minted in 1350.
ME46316. Billon tornesello, Stahl tornesello 12 - 13, Biaggi 2852 (R4), aVF, uneven strike, weight 0.575 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 315o, obverse + MIChL MAVROC • DVX, cross pattée; reverse + VEXELIFER • VENETIA, winged lion of San Marco, seated facing, holding Gospels in forepaws; ex Chalkis Hoard, ex Alex G. Malloy; very rare; SOLD


Republic of Venice, Doge Michele Morosini, 10 June - 16 October 1382

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Michele Morosini (1308 - 16 October 1382) was the Doge of Venice for a few months, from 10 June to his death, due to the plague, in October the same year.

The tornesello was minted in Venice but was specifically designated for use by the administrators of colonies of Coron and Modon, Negroponte and Crete. Struck in an alloy of 1/9 silver, they were intended as a replacement for the Frankish denier tournois, last minted in 1350.
ME46317. Billon tornesello, Stahl tornesello 12 - 13, Biaggi 2852 (R4), VF, clashed dies, oval flan, weight 0.630 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 90o, obverse + MIChL MAVROC DVX, cross pattée; reverse + VEXELIFER • VENETIA, winged lion of San Marco, seated facing, holding Gospels in forepaws; ex Chalkis Hoard, ex Alex G. Malloy; very rare; SOLD


Republic of Venice, Doge Giovanni Dolfin, 1356 - 1361

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Giovanni Dolfin (died July 12, 1361) was the fifty-seventh Doge of Venice, appointed on August 13, 1356. Despite his value as general, during his reign Venice lost Dalmatia. He was blind in one eye from a wound received in battle.

The tornesello was minted in Venice but was specifically designated for use by the administrators of colonies of Coron and Modon, Negroponte and Crete. Struck in an alloy of 1/9 silver, they were intended as a replacement for the Frankish denier tournois, last minted in 1350.
ME46285. Billon tornesello, Stahl tornesello 4, Biaggi 2835 (R4), F, weight 0.585 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, obverse + IO • DELPhYNO • DVX, cross pattée; reverse • + • VEXELIFER • VENETIA, winged lion of San Marco, seated facing, holding Gospels in forepaws; ex Chalkis Hoard, ex Alex G. Malloy; very rare; SOLD


Republic of Venice, Doge Michele Morosini, 10 June - 16 October 1382

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Michele Morosini (1308 - 16 October 1382) was the Doge of Venice for a few months, from 10 June to his death, due to the plague, in October the same year.

The tornesello was minted in Venice but was specifically designated for use by the administrators of colonies of Coron and Modon, Negroponte and Crete. Struck in an alloy of 1/9 silver, they were intended as a replacement for the Frankish denier tournois, last minted in 1350.
ME46307. Billon tornesello, Stahl tornesello 12 - 13, Biaggi 2852 (R4), aVF, uneven strike, weight 0.674 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, obverse + • MIChL • MAVROC DVX, cross pattée; reverse + VEXELIFER • VENETIA, winged lion of San Marco, seated facing, holding Gospels in forepaws; ex Chalkis Hoard, ex Alex G. Malloy; very rare; SOLD


Republic of Venice, Doge Michele Morosini, 10 June - 16 October 1382

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Michele Morosini (1308 - 16 October 1382) was the Doge of Venice for a few months, from 10 June to his death, due to the plague, in October the same year.

The tornesello was minted in Venice but was specifically designated for use by the administrators of colonies of Coron and Modon, Negroponte and Crete. Struck in an alloy of 1/9 silver, they were intended as a replacement for the Frankish denier tournois, last minted in 1350.
ME46308. Billon tornesello, Stahl tornesello 12 - 13, Biaggi 2852 (R4), aVF, weight 0.587 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, die axis 0o, obverse + MIChL MAVROC DVX, cross pattée; reverse + VEXELIFER • VENETIA, winged lion of San Marco, seated facing, holding Gospels in forepaws; ex Chalkis Hoard, ex Alex G. Malloy; very rare; SOLD


Republic of Venice, Doge Marco Corner, 1365 - 1368

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Marco Cornaro (c. 1286 - 13 January 1368), also known as Marco Corner, was the 59th doge of Venice, ruling between 1365 and 1368. His brief reign saw the loss of Venetian territory to Genoa and the Ottoman Empire, though Venice was to enjoy economic growth during this time.

The tornesello was minted in Venice but was specifically designated for use by the administrators of colonies of Coron and Modon, Negroponte and Crete. Struck in an alloy of 1/9 silver, they were intended as a replacement for the Frankish denier tournois, last minted in 1350.
ME46303. Billon tornesello, Stahl tornesello 6 - 7, Biaggi 2842 (R2), aVF, weight 0.694 g, maximum diameter 16.6 mm, die axis 180o, obverse • + • MARCCORN • DVX, cross pattée; reverse + VEXELIFER • VENETIA, winged lion of San Marco, seated facing, holding Gospels in forepaws; ex Chalkis Hoard, ex Alex G. Malloy; scarce; SOLD




  




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