Venice (1709-22)-FAP ducatone Dav-1531
This specimen was lot 3000 in Sincona sale 20 (Zurich, October 2014), where it sold for CHF 700 (about US$877 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted, "Ducatone o. J. Sehr schön-gutes sehr schön. (very fine or better)." The ducatone was worth 124 soldi while the silver scudo was 140 soldi.
The Republic of Venice lasted nearly a thousand years between its foundation as a Byzantine outpost and its destruction by Napoleon in 1797. By 1714, Venice was in serious decline, her aristocracy decayed and her trade swallowed up by the British and the French. Venice did not add dates to her coinage until the mid-eighteenth century, two centuries after the rest of Europe adopted the practice.
Reported Mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.5 g, .948 fine silver, this specimen 27.75 g.
Catalog reference: Montenegro 2334. Paolucci p. 119,21, Dav-1531.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
- Richter, Jürg, Numismatic Coins & Medals: Auction 20, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2014.