Lombardy-Venetia 1853-V 1/2 scudo
"KAISERREICH ÖSTERREICH, Franz Josef I. 1848-1916. 1/2 Scudo 1853, V, Venedig. R Vorzüglich. (Empire of Austria, Francis Joseph I, 1848-1916, half scudo of 1853, Venice mint. Scarce, extremely fine.)"The kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia was assembled by the Austrians to provide a unified administration for the Italian territories under their rule. This comprised the former duchies of Milan and Mantua and the republic of Venice. Milan, under Spanish rule from the 1500's, fell to the Austrians in 1714 and held by them until 1797 when Napoleon seized it. Napoleon gave Venice (until then independent) to Austria as compensation for her loss of Milan and Belgium. The area passed back and forth between the French and Austrians until the Congress of Vienna in 1814-15, when Metternich awarded it to Austria. Austria ruled it until 1866, when it passed to the new kingdom of Italy. This type was minted at Venice 1853 only and is the last issue of this denomination. It was accompanied by a scudo. The Venice mint was closed in 1862 after an issue of half soldi, ending a thousand years of activity.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 12.34 g, .900 fine silver, .357 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: J. 308, KM C38.
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