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Republic of Venice, Doge Lorenzo Tiepolo, 1268 - 1275
Lorenzo Tiepolo was the son of Doge Jacopo Tiepolo. Tiepolo demonstrated skill as commander when he defeated the Genoese at Acre in 1257. Although beloved by the population, his nepotism towards his sons, brought hostility from the nobility. In 1270, a peace treaty with Genoa confirmed Venetian predominance in the Adriatic; however, in that same year, commercial disputes grew to war between Venice and a league of Italian cities including Bologna, Treviso, Verona, Mantua, Ferrara, Cremona, Recanati, and Ancona. After an initial setback, the Venetians gained the upper hand and the terms of peace were favorable. Under Tiepolo, in 1273, Marco Polo began his journey to China. (He would return in 1295.) Tiepolo died in Venice in 1275 and was buried with his father in the Dominican Church of San Zanipolo.ME85076. Silver grosso, Papadopoli 1, Biaggi 2778, VF, uneven strike with weak areas, clipped, weight 1.533 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 180o, Venice mint, 1268 - 1275; obverse LA TEVPL: - .S M VENETI, Doge, standing on left, wearing corno ducale, receiving tall flag from St. Mark, standing on right, DVX down left side of flag staff; reversenimbate Christ enthroned facing, holding gospels in lap, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Iισους Xριστος - Jesus Christ) flanking Christ's head; $120.00 (€106.80)
Republic of Venice, Doge Giovanni Gradenigo, 1355 - 1356
Giovanni Gradenigo (died August 8, 1356) was the fifty-sixth Doge of Venice, appointed on April 21, 1355. During his reign, Venice signed a peace with Genoa.
The tornesello was minted in Venice but was specifically designated for use by the administrators of colonies of Coron and Modon, Negroponte and Crete. Struck in an alloy of 1/9 silver, they were intended as a replacement for the Frankish denier tournois, last minted in 1350.ME46271. Billon tornesello, Stahl tornesello 3, Biaggi 2831 (R3), VF, weight 0.630 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 90o, obverse + IO : GRADOIGO : DVX, cross pattée; reverse + • VEXELIFER . VENETIA, winged lion of San Marco, seated facing, holding Gospels in forepaws; ex Chalkis Hoard, ex Alex G. Malloy; very rare; $40.00 (€35.60)
Republic of Venice, Doge Tomaso Mocenigo, 1414 - 1423
Tomaso Mocenigo was the fleet commander during the Crusade of Nicopolis. Struck in near pure gold, the design of the Venetian gold ducat, or zecchino, remained unchanged for more than 500 years, from its introduction in 1284 to the conquest of Venice by Napoleon's troops in 1797. The reverselegend expands to Sit tibi, Christe, datus, quem tu regis, iste ducatus which translates "To thee, O'Christ, Duchy, which thou rulest, be dedicated."SH39381. Gold ducato, Papadopoli 1, Biaggi 2865, gVF, weight 3.152 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, obverse TOM MOCENIGO DVX S M VENETI, S. Marco and Doge kneeling, together holding banner; reverse SIT T XPE DAT Q TV REGIS ISTE DVCAT, Christ standing facing with halo, surrounded by nine stars; SOLD
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