Republic of Venice, Doge Lorenzo Tiepolo, 1268 - 1275
Lorenzo Tiepolo was the son of Doge Jacopo Tiepolo. Tiepolo demonstrated skill as commander when he defeated the Genoese at Acre in 1257. Although beloved by the population, his nepotism towards his sons, brought hostility from the . In 1270, a peace treaty with Genoa confirmed Venetian predominance in the Adriatic; however, in that same year, commercial disputes grew to war between Venice and a league of Italian cities including Bologna, Treviso, , Mantua, Ferrara, Cremona, Recanati, and Ancona. After an initial setback, the Venetians gained the upper hand and the terms of peace were favorable. Under Tiepolo, in 1273, Marco Polo began his journey to China. (He would return in 1295.) Tiepolo died in Venice in 1275 and was buried with his father in the Dominican of San Zanipolo.
ME85076. Silver grosso, 1, 2778, VF, with weak areas, clipped, 1.533 g, maximum 17.5 mm, 180o, Venice mint, 1268 - 1275; LA TEVPL: - .S M VENETI, Doge, standing on left, wearing , receiving tall flag from St. Mark, standing on right, DVX down left side of flag staff; Christ enthroned facing, holding gospels in lap, (Greek abbreviation: Iισους Xριστος - Jesus Christ) flanking Christ's ; $120.00 (€106.80)
Republic of Venice, Doge Giovanni Gradenigo, 1355 - 1356
Giovanni Gradenigo (died August 8, 1356) was the fifty-sixth Doge of Venice, appointed on April 21, 1355. During his reign, Venice signed a peace with Genoa.
The tornesello was minted in Venice but was specifically designated for use by the administrators of colonies of Coron and Modon, Negroponte and . Struck in an of 1/9 silver, they were intended as a replacement for the Frankish , last minted in 1350.ME46271. tornesello, 3, 2831 (R3), VF, 0.630 g, maximum 17.3 mm, 90o, + IO : GRADOIGO : DVX, ; + • VEXELIFER . VENETIA, winged of San Marco, seated facing, holding Gospels in forepaws; ex , ex ; very ; $40.00 (€35.60)
Republic of Venice, Doge Tomaso Mocenigo, 1414 - 1423
Tomaso Mocenigo was the fleet commander during the Crusade of Nicopolis. Struck in near pure gold, the design of the Venetian gold ducat, or zecchino, remained unchanged for more than 500 years, from its introduction in 1284 to the conquest of Venice by Napoleon's troops in 1797. The expands to Sit tibi, Christe, datus, quem tu regis, iste ducatus which translates "To thee, O'Christ, Duchy, which thou rulest, be dedicated."SH39381. Gold ducato,
1, 2865, gVF, 3.152 g, maximum 19.5 mm, 180o, TOM MOCENIGO DVX S M VENETI, S. Marco and Doge kneeling, together holding banner; SIT T XPE DAT Q TV REGIS ISTE DVCAT, Christ standing facing with halo, surrounded by nine stars; SOLD
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