Italian States-Venice, Andrea Contarini as Doge (1368-1382), Soldino, 1369-1379, Second Type, First Issue, Venice Mint, Fillipo Barbarigo as Moneyer (March 10, 1370-March 24, 1372)
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Doge standing left, holding banner
F in left field
+ . S . MARCVS . VENETI .
Winged lion of St. Mark facing left, holding book with both front paws all in inner circle
14mm x 15mm, 0.51g, Silver
Note: A Venetian Senate resolution on December 19, 1369 ordered a reduction in weight and purity to the solidini to adjust for the increasing cost of silver in the international market. The change was denoted with the addition of the moneyer's initial on the obverse and the reverse design of the winged lion replacing the lion walking with banner.
Grade: gVF, some flatness/weakness as usual. Beautiful rainbow toning.