Venice, AR grosso - Antonio Venier, 1382-1400 AD, Christ enthroned


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Venice, AR grosso, Antonio Venier, 1382-1400, XF, Christ enthroned ......

Obverse:  ANTO VENERIO'.S.M. VENETI // DVX Christ enthroned, facing

Reverse:  +TIBI.LAVS.3. GLORIA Doge (military governor) and St. Mark standing, doge facing St. Mark.  facing, holding banner between them
Silver coins were often clipped in medieval times but this one looks fairly intact.
These thin silver coins of Venice particularly fascinate me due to their place in history.  The Byzantine Empire was clearly troubled on many fronts and Venice was stepping up as the leading maritime power in the Christian world.  The grosso was introduced in 1192 AD and was quickly accepted (and copied) throughout the Mediterranean.  Bulgaria, Serbia, other Medieval states copied the coin.
The grosso held amazing uniformity for hundreds of years with the obverse depicting Christ enthoned and the reverse depicting the doge of Venice standing next to St. Mark. 
A fascinating coin that is contemporary with the Byzantine Empire.
21mm, 1.76 grams
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