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Republic of Venice, Doge Jacopo Contarini, 1275 - 1280
Jacapo Contarini was the 47th Doge.SH71328. Silver grosso, Biaggi 2783, Paolucci 1, CNI VII 6; Papadopoli 2.4, Choice gVF, weight 2.136 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 180o, Venice mint, 1275 - 1280; obverse IA COTARIN S M VENETI DVX, Doge, standing on left, wearing corno ducale, receiving tall flag from St. Mark, standing on right, DVX down flag staff, stars in left and right fields; reversenimbate Christ enthroned facing, holding gospels in lap, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Iισους Xριστος - Jesus Christ) flanking Christ's head; SOLD
Milan, Italy, Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Duke, 1395 - 1402
Gian Galeazzo Visconti, son of Galeazzo II Visconti and Bianca of Savoy, was the first Duke of Milan and ruled the late-medieval city just before the dawn of the Renaissance. ME47128. Silver pegione, Biaggi 1475, VF, light golden toning, weight 2.440 g, maximum diameter 24.5 mm, die axis 300o, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, undated; obverse + S . AMBROSIVS (AMB ligate) -. MEDIOLAN, St. Ambrose, nimbate, enthroned facing, cozier in left, flail in right, annulets in fields; reverse + GALEAZ . VICECONS . D . MEDIOLANI . I, Coiled serpent consuming human figure left, G Z across fields, within quadrilobe frame, all within beaded inner circle; SOLD
Norman Italy, Duchy of Apulia, William II, 1111 - 1127 A.D.
The reversetype and undertype are both off-center, obscure and unusual. The normal reverse is a cross with V-V / D-X in the quarters, but on this coin it appears to read X in both the third and fourth quarter. The undertype is similar to the referenced examples, however the normal star has eight points and does not have pommée rays. We would assume it is a completely different type, except it does appear to have the usual X to the lower right and we are unable to suggest a better possibility.ME66301. Bronze reduced follaro, cf. MEC Italy III 139 ff., MIR Sicily 591, Biaggi 2277; CNI XVIII 322.15; undertype: cf. MEC Italy III 146 ff., MIR Sicily 588, Biaggi 2278, F, overstruck, weight 1.178 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, die axis 180o, Salerno mint, 1119 - 1127; obversenimbatebust of Saint Matthew facing, S - M across field; reversecross, V-V / X-X in quarters (blundered V-V / D-X); undertype: six pointed star pommée, V - V / D(V?) - X in field; SOLD