Venice (1779-89)-LAF scudo Dav-1564
This specimen was lot 25209 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $2,185. The catalog description noted, "Venice. Paolo Renier Scudo ND LAF (1779-89), MS63 NGC, nicely toned with deep charcoal gray patina and glossy surfaces, rare type in mint state." This type, struck without a date, is believed to have been issued throughout the reign of doge Paolo Renier (1779-89). The "140" shown indicates that the coin was worth 140 soldi. The tallero was also theoretically 140 soldi but contained only 80% as much silver. By this period, Venice was a ghost of her former power, surviving only on the sufferance of her Austrian and Turkish neighbors.
Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.
Specification: 31.09 g, .948 fine silver, .947 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Dav-1564, KM-C93.
- 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.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3015, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.