Venice (1637-38)-DB scudo Dav-4249

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Heritage sale 3064, 31219
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This specimen was lot 31219 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $1,200. The catalog description[1] noted, "Venice. Francesco Erizzo Scudo (140 Soldi) ND (1631-1646)-DB MS64 NGC. Very rare quality for the issue, with a bold strike, bright luster residing in the open fields and attractive multi-hued toning highlights that enhances the eye-appeal on both sides. A small planchet crack is noted near 8 o'clock on the obverse (holdered as the reverse), and remains visible on the corresponding area of the reverse as well. Presently the single finest graded example of the denomination for Francesco Erizzo at NGC, and as such, a coin that is sure to attract significant attention from the collector of elite crown-sized coinage. From the Jamestown Collection." These scudi, like many Venetian coins, are not dated but, by judicious use of the mintmaster's initials, the date of issue may be narrowed to a few years, in this case, 1637-38 for Donato Bembo. The type is not exorbitantly priced but is seldom seen.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 31.83 g, .948 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 182, Dav-4249.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 121, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2014.

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