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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; reverse nimbate Christ enthroned facing, holding gospels in lap, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Iισους Xριστος - Jesus Christ) flanking Christ's head; SOLD
Byzantine Empire, Manuel I Comnenus, 8 April 1143 - 24 September 1180 A.D.
Saint George (d. April 23, 303) was a Roman soldier from Anatolia, who was venerated as a Christian martyr. Immortalized in the tale of George and the Dragon, he is the |patron| saint of England, Greece, Portugal, Russia, and many other countries, cities and organizations. -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_GeorgeSH56037. Bronze half tetarteron, Morrisson BnF 61/Th/AE/09; DOC IV-1 18 var. (legend arrangement); CLBC I 4.4.5; Grierson 1101; SBCV 1975; Sommer 61.19, Choice gVF, weight 6.603 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 1152 - c. 1160 A.D.; obverse Θ / Γ/ε−ωP/ΓI/Oς (WR ligate), nimbate bust of St. George facing, beardless, wearing tunic, cuirass, and sagion, spear in right hand, shield on left arm; reverse MANYH−Λ ∆εC, Manuel, bust facing, wearing crown and loros, labarum headed scepter in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand; oversized flan (normally 4.0 - 4.5 grams), fantastic for the type; 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