Venice (1595-05) 1/4 zecchino Fr-1276

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Heritage sale 3073, lot 33395
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This specimen was lot 33395 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $600. The catalog description[1] noted, "Venice. Marino Grimani (1595-1605) gold 1/4 Zecchino ND MS63 NGC. • MΛRIN | • GRIMΛN, Doge kneeling left before St. Mark (standing right, receiving banner, DVX (stacked) to right / • EGO • SVM • | • LVX • MVN •, Christ in glory (surrounded by mandorla) standing facing, 5 stars to either side, one below. A generally much scarcer issue than the larger full Zecchinos, and currently the only example certified by NGC, splendidly minted with just minor obverse doubling and a stunningly crisp reverse." This type is not rare for the denomination but the quarter zecchini are generally much scarcer than the one zecchini (ducats).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 0.87 g, .986 fine gold, 15-16 mm diameter, this specimen 0.87 gm.

Catalog reference: CNI-VIIb.152, Fr-1276, KM MB301 ("MAR. GRIM."), MB302 ("MARIN. GRIMAN.") or MB303 ("MARIN. GRIMAN. DUX").

Sources:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2010.
  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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