Venice (1735-41)-ZF ducato Dav-1543

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Goldberg sale 69, lot 5071
Venice c1735 ducato rev Goldberg 69-5071.jpg
Sincona sale 11, lot 1941
The first specimen was lot 5071 in Goldberg sale 69 (Los Angeles, May, 2012), where it sold for $241.50. The catalog description [2] noted, "Italian States - Venice. Ducato, ND-ZF. Alvise Pisani, 1735-1741. Seated and kneeling figure above assayer initials. Reverse: Winged lion above flowers. Striking weakness in areas, reflective fields and lustrous. NGC graded AU-55." The second specimen was lot 1941 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIEN Venedig Alvise Pisani, 1735-1741. Ducato o. J. Sigle ZF. Sehr schön. (republic of Venice, doge Alvise Pisani, 1735-1741, silver ducat without date. Very fine.)"
By this period, Venice was a ghost of her former power, surviving only on the sufferance of her Austrian and Turkish neighbors. Ducati were issued to this standard until the end of the republic. Other large silver coins included ducatoni (= 124 soldi), talleri, scudi (= 140 soldi) as well as a variety of gold coins, especially ducats.

Recorded mintage: unknown but not common.

Specification: 22.46 g, .826 fine silver, this second specimen is 20.45 g.

Catalog reference: Paolucci p. 123,16. Dav-1543.


  • 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.
  • [2]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey and Paul Rynearson, Goldberg sale 69: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2012.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 11, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2013.

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