Venice 1769 tallero Dav-1563
This specimen was lot 3004 in Sincona sale 20 (Zurich, October 2014), where it sold for CHF 425 (about US$533 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted, "Tallero 1769. Sehr schön. (very fine.)" This type of 1768-69 is scarce, verging on rare.
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: 28.56 g, .835 fine silver, this specimen 28.35 g.
Catalog reference: Montenegro 2937. Paolucci p. 129,37, Dav-1563, KM C68.
- 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.