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Coins of the Republic of Venice

"You own many and many a ship; your vessels fear not the stormy winds. They come home safely to port, nor do they ever founder, they who time after time set sail from shore. The famous Venetia, already rich in nobility." -- Letter from Cassiodorus, minister to Theodoric the Ostrogoth, to the Venetians. It is the first recorded mention of the people of the lagoon.

Crusaders, Principality of Achaea, Robert d'Anjou (de Taranto), 1333 - 1364, Imitative Andrea Dandolo, Doge of Venezia

|Crusaders|, |Crusaders,| |Principality| |of| |Achaea,| |Robert| |d'Anjou| |(de| |Taranto),| |1333| |-| |1364,| |Imitative| |Andrea| |Dandolo,| |Doge| |of| |Venezia||ducato|
Venetian style imitative ducati copying the types of Andrea Dandolo and other doges are traditionally attributed to Robert d'Anjou (de Taranto) as Prince of Achaea. Widespread circulation and numerous varieties indicate some possibility they may have also been struck elsewhere, such as Chios under Genoa or Mytilene under the Gattilusi.
ME45452. Gold ducato, cf. Ives p. XIII; Schlumberger p. 21 and pl. XXI, 19 - 22; Gamberini 344; and Friedberg 38a var. (K on obv), Superb EF, weight 3.479 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain mint, 1443 - 1454; obverse S/N / V/E/N/E/T/I D/V/X ANDR DANDVO (S and third N sideways), St. Mark standing right, receiving banner from Doge kneeling left; reverse SIT T XPE DAT Q TV RIZ IZTE DVCATT (S retrograde), Christ standing facing, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left, surrounded by mandorla containing nine stars; ex CNG; SOLD


Republic of Venice, Doge Francesco Foscari, 1423 - 1457 A.D.

|Venice|, |Republic| |of| |Venice,| |Doge| |Francesco| |Foscari,| |1423| |-| |1457| |A.D.||ducato|
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 reverse legend expands to Sit tibi, Christe, datus, quem tu regis, iste ducatus which translates "To thee, O'Christ, Duchy, which thou rulest, be dedicated."
SH48273. Gold ducato, Friedberg 1232, Nomisma 18, Biaggi 2872, EF, weight 3.513 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 270o, obverse FRAC FOSCARI DVX S M VENETI, S. Marco and Doge kneeling, together holding banner; reverse SIT T XPE DAT Q TV REGIS ISTE DVCAT, Christ standing facing, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left, surrounded by mandorla containing nine stars; SOLD


Republic of Venice, Doge Michele Steno, 1400 - 1413

|Venice|, |Republic| |of| |Venice,| |Doge| |Michele| |Steno,| |1400| |-| |1413||Ducat|
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 reverse legend expands to Sit tibi, Christe, datus, quem tu regis, iste ducatus which translates "To thee, O'Christ, Duchy, which thou rulest, be dedicated."
SH39383. Gold Ducat, Papadopoli 1, Paolucci 1, Friedberg 1230, VF, weight 3.243 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 285o, obverse MICHAEL STEN DVX S M VENETI, S. Marco and Doge kneeling, together holding banner; reverse SIT T XPE DAT Q TV REGIS ISTE DVCAT, Christ standing facing with halo, surrounded by nine stars; SOLD


Chios, Greece, Philippo Maria Visconti, 1421 - 1436, Imitative of Venice

|Medieval| |&| |Modern| |Gold|, |Chios,| |Greece,| |Philippo| |Maria| |Visconti,| |1421| |-| |1436,| |Imitative| |of| || |Venice||ducato|
SH48270. Gold ducato, Schlumberger pl. XIV, 14; Gamberini 398; Friedberg 4, VF, weight 3.511 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 225o, uncertain mint, 1421 - 1436; obverse S PETRVS DVX D MEDIOLAN (S retrograde), St. Peter standing right, receiving banner from Doge kneeling left; reverse D SIT T XPE DAT Q TV RIG ISTE DVCAT, Christ standing facing, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left, surrounded by mandorla containing nine stars; SOLD


Republic of Venice, Doge Giovanni Cornaro, 1709 - 1722

|Venice|, |Republic| |of| |Venice,| |Doge| |Giovanni| |Cornaro,| |1709| |-| |1722||zecchino|
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 reverse legend expands to Sit tibi, Christe, datus, quem tu regis, iste ducatus which translates "To thee, O'Christ, Duchy, which thou rulest, be dedicated."
SH33288. Gold zecchino, Friedberg 1372, VF, slightly bent, weight 3.429 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, die axis 45o, obverse DVX S. M. VENET* IOAN* CORNEL, St. Marco stands right blessing Doge, long staff with cross between; reverse REGIS. ISTE. DVCA - SIT. T. XPE. DAT. Q. TV, Christ standing facing, 16 stars around; SOLD


Republic of Venice, Doge Paulo Rainer, 1779 - 1789

|Venice|, |Republic| |of| |Venice,| |Doge| |Paulo| |Rainer,| |1779| |-| |1789||ducato|
The design of the famous Venetian gold ducat, or zecchino, remained unchanged for more than 500 years, from its introduction in 1284 and the conquest of Venice by Napoleon's troops in 1797. Paulo Rainer was the Doge of Venice before the last, at the end of 1000 years of Venetian independence.
SH26055. Gold ducato, Friedberg 1434, EF, slightly bent, weight 3.448 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 180o, Venice mint, 1779 - 1789; obverse PAVL RAINER DVX S M VENET, St. Marco stands right blessing Doge, long staff with cross between; reverse REGIS ISTE DVCA SIT T XPE DAT Q TV, Christ standing facing, 16 stars around; SOLD


Republic of Venice, Doge Paolo Ranieri, 1779 - 1789

|Venice|, |Republic| |of| |Venice,| |Doge| |Paolo| |Ranieri,| |1779| |-| |1789||Ducat|
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 reverse legend expands to Sit tibi, Christe, datus, quem tu regis, iste ducatus which translates "To thee, O'Christ, Duchy, which thou rulest, be dedicated."
SH39380. Gold Ducat, SCWC KM 107, VF, weight 3.411 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 135o, Venice mint, obverse DVX S. M. VENET PAVL. RAINER, St. Marco stands right blessing Doge, long staff with cross between; reverse REGIS. ISTE. DVCA - SIT. T. XPE. DAT. Q. TV, Christ standing facing, 16 stars around; SOLD


Republic of Venice, Doge Pasquale Cicogna, 1585 - 1595

|Venice|, |Republic| |of| |Venice,| |Doge| |Pasquale| |Cicogna,| |1585| |-| |1595||Ducat|
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 reverse legend expands to Sit tibi, Christe, datus, quem tu regis, iste ducatus which translates "To thee, O'Christ, Duchy, which thou rulest, be dedicated."
SH39382. Gold Ducat, Paolucci 1, Friedberg, aVF, wavy flan, weight 3.370 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 90o, obverse PASC CICON DVX S M VENETI, S. Marco and Doge kneeling, together holding banner; reverse SIT T XPE DAT Q TV REGIS ISTE DVCAT, Christ standing facing with halo, surrounded by nine stars; SOLD


Lot of 6 Venetian Silver Grossi, 1193 - 1471, F - VF, Clipped

|Venice|, |Lot| |of| |6| |Venetian| |Silver| |Grossi,| |1193| |-| |1471,| |F| |-| |VF,| |Clipped||Lot|
When the Venetian grosso (plural Grossi) was first introduced under doge Enrico Dandolo in 1193, it weighed 2.18 grams of 98.5% silver, and was valued at 26 dinarii. Its name is from the same root as groschen and the English groat, all derived from the denaro grosso. Its value was allowed to float relative to other Venetian coins until it was pegged to 4 soldini in 1332. In 1332, 1 grosso was the equivalent of 4 soldini, or 48 dinarii. From 1340 to 1370, the increased price of silver forced most doges to stop issuing grossi, and the others to issue only a few. When Doge Andrea Contarini resumed production of grossi their weight began to fall and continued falling until Cristoforo Moro struck the last Venetian grossi with a weight of 0.45 grams.
LT89472. Silver Lot, Lot of 6 coins, Venice, Italy, silver grosso, F - VF, clipped, possibly some imitatives, 15.2 - 19.0mm, unattributed, no flips or tags, bulk lot; as-is, no returns; SOLD


Cyprus, Colony of the Venetian Republic, Emergency Issue, Ottoman Siege, 1570 A.D.

|Cyprus|, |Cyprus,| |Colony| |of| |the| |Venetian| |Republic,| |Emergency| |Issue,| |Ottoman| |Siege,| |1570| |A.D.||Bisante|
Cyprus became an overseas colony of the Venetian Republic after it was purchased in 1489. This coin was an emergency issue minted while Famagusta was under siege by the Turks. It was to be redeemable in silver after the war. In 1571 Famagusta was captured and Cyprus became part of the Ottoman Empire.
SH52140. Bronze Bisante, Lambros 107, gVF, double strike, weight 4.251 g, maximum diameter 27.4 mm, die axis 45o, Nicosia mint, 1570 A.D.; obverse PRO REGNI CIPR PRESIDIO, winged lion left, 1570 below; reverse VENETORV / FIDES INVI / OLA BILIS / BISANTE / I, inscription in five lines; very scarce; SOLD




  




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