Venice (1567-70) zecchino Fr.1259

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Sincona sale 1, lot 1261
This specimen was lot 1261 in SINCONA sale 1 (Zurich, June 2011), where it sold for 400 CHF ($557 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Venezia Pietro Loredano, 1567-1570. Zecchino o. J. Doge kniet vor dem hl. Markus. Rv. Christus in Mandorla. Gutes sehr schön. (Duchy of Venice, Pietro Loredano, 1567-70, zecchino without date. Obverse: doge kneels before St. Mark; reverse: Christ in mandorla. Good very fine.)"

The Duchy of Venice was actually an oligarchy nominally ruled by an elected doge. He is shown kneeling before the saint to indicate that he does not kneel before any living person, specifically the emperor or the pope. Despite his pretensions, Venetian independence was terminated by the Napoleonic invasions and the area fell to Austria in 1797. The zecchino, or ducat, remained fixed in design for centuries, changing only the ruler's name.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, .221 troy oz ASW; this specimen 3,49 g.

Catalog reference: Paolucci 67,1. Fr. 1259.


  • Krause, Chester L, and Clifford Mishler, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 1st ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1996.
  • 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.
  • [1]SINCONA AG, Munzen, Medaillen & Banknoten Auktion 1, Zurich, 2011.

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