Venice (1767)-DG 1/2 scudo

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Sincona sale 33, lot 2948
This specimen was lot 2948 in Sincona sale 33 (Zurich, October 2016), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIA | Venice. Alvise Mocenigo IV. 1763-1778 Mezzo Scudo o. J. (1767). Münzmeister Domenego Gritti. Conservazione molto rara. Fdc. NGC MS65. (republic of Venice, Alvise Mocenigo IV, 1763-78, undated half scudo, mintmaster Domenego Gritti. Very rare grade, gem uncirculated.)"

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. This mezzo scudo was accompanied by a mezzo ducato (KM C63) as well as a ducat (Fr-1421).

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: 15.91 g, .948 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Gamberini 1709. CNI 8.486.11 ff, KM C56.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Jürg Richter, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 33, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2016.

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