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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.

Republic of Venice, Doge Tomaso Mocenigo, 1414 - 1423

|Venice|, |Republic| |of| |Venice,| |Doge| |Tomaso| |Mocenigo,| |1414| |-| |1423|, |ducato|
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."
SH39381. Gold ducato, Papadopoli 1, Biaggi 2865, gVF, weight 3.152 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, obverse TOM MOCENIGO 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


Republic of Venice, Doge Domenico Contarini, 1659 - 1675, Imitative Issue

|Venice|, |Republic| |of| |Venice,| |Doge| |Domenico| |Contarini,| |1659| |-| |1675,| |Imitative| |Issue|, |ducato|
SH53631. Gold ducato, Paolucci Type 105.1, gVF, weight 3.439 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 90o, uncertain Mediterranean mint, 1659 - 1675; obverse DOIMN GOENT S M VENET (S retrograde), St. Peter standing right, receiving banner from Doge kneeling left; reverse SIT T XPE DAT O TV REGIS ISTE DVIA (S's retrograde), Christ standing facing, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left, surrounded by mandorla containing eighteen stars; SOLD


Republic of Venice, Doge Paulo Rainer, 1779 - 1789

|Gold| |Coins|, |Republic| |of| |Venice,| |Doge| |Paulo| |Rainer,| |1779| |-| |1789|, |Ducat|
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.
SH46572. Gold Ducat, Friedberg 1434, VF, holed, clipped, weight 1.804 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 0o, 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 in mandorla with 16 stars, 7 on each side, 1 at top, and 1 at bottom; SOLD







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