Venice (1471-74) zecchino Fr.1235
This specimen was lot 21294 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $18,000. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Venice. Ducat, ND. Nicolo Trono (1471-74). NGC MS-62. Possessing surfaces that are bright and lustrous with a touch of highpoint softness that avoids blunting the visually important heads of the doge, St. Mark and Christ. VERY RARE as a type and from a numismatically interesting doge as well, he responsible for being the first Venetian to issue a coin with the ruler's portrait, the silver Tron, which later developed into the Lira." The republic of Venice invented the ducat in the late 1200's and issued them more or less continuously until the final collapse in 1797.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.49 g, .999 fine gold, .112 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-1235; Paolucci 45/1 (R3).
- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
- Ponterio, Richard, and Bruce Roland Hagen, Ponterio sale 176: The Thos. H. Law Collection of English Gold Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.