The Chalkis Hoard of Venetian Tornesello
Republic of Venice, Doge Marco Corner, 1365 - 1368
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.ME46305. Billon tornesello, Stahl tornesello 6 - 7, Biaggi 2842 (R2), aVF, weight 0.625 g, maximum diameter 16.2 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
The Venetian Tornsello, a Medieval Colonial Coinage
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. BK10033. The Venetian Tornsello, a Medieval Colonial Coinage by Alan M. Stahl, Numismatic Notes and Monographs (ANS NNM 163), 96 pages; SOLD Out of Stock!
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