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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 nobility. 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, Verona, 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 Church of San Zanipolo. ME88012. Silver grosso, Papadopoli 1, Biaggi 2778, F, toned, bumps and scratches, weight 1.968 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 180o, Venice mint, 1268 - 1275; obverse LA TEVPL: - .S M VENETI, Doge, standing on left, wearing corno ducale, receiving tall flag from St. Mark, standing on right, DVX down left side of flag staff; reversenimbate Christ enthroned facing, holding gospels in lap, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Iισους Xριστος - Jesus Christ) flanking Christ's head; $45.00 (Ä38.25) ON RESERVE
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