Venice 1797-AS 10 lire Dav-1576
This specimen was lot 24607 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $7,050. The catalog description noted, "Venice. Provisional 10 Lire 1797-AS, MS63 NGC, a choice piece with subtle gray toning and full underlying mint luster. The design features are boldly struck and there are no adjustment marks. There is a small natural rim flaw on the reverse at 12 o'clock. Rare type in mint state. From The Formosa Collection." The Duchy of Venice was actually an oligarchy nominally ruled by an elected doge. Venetian independence was terminated by the Napoleonic invasions and the area fell to Austria in 1797. This type, issued during a brief French occupation, is noted for 1797 only. In the peace of Campo Formio of that year, Napoleon traded Venice to Austria in exchange for Milan. Venice never recovered her independence.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 28.47 g, .826 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Dav-1576, KM C155.
- 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.