Venice (1583-84)-CC scudo Dav-8399

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Jean Elsen sale 125, lot 1895
This specimen was lot 1895 in Jean Elsen sale 125 (Brussels, June 2015), where it sold for €190 (about US$253 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, VENISE, Nicolo da Ponte (1578-1585), AR scudo della croce (7 lire ou 140 soldi), s.d. (1583-1584). Sigle CC (Cristofolo Capello). D/ Croix fleurie avec quatre petites feuilles dans les angles. R/ Ecu au lion de saint Marc. Très Beau. (republic of Venice, Nicolas da Ponte (1578-85), silver scudo of the cross (seven lire or 140 soldi) without date, assayers initials CC. Obverse: floriate cross with four small leaves in the angles; reverse: shield with the lion of St. Mark, very fine.)"
This type, like many Venetian coins, is undated but can be limited to 1583-84 by the term of the moneyer Cristofolo Capelio. This coin was issued a few years after the battle of Lepanto, the Venetian navy's last act as a major sea power.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver; this specimen 31,40 g.

Catalog reference: Pap. 370, 82; Paolucci 72, 9; Dav-8399.

Source:

  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 125: Collections Dr. Jacques Marneffe, Jean-Marie Chouters et Henri Pottier, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2015.

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