Venetian grosso, 1289-1311, silver, seated Christ.

Ancient Coins - Venetian grosso, 1289-1311, silver, seated Christ.
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Obverse:  IO DANDVL SM VENETI DVX the doge (military governor) standing receiving banner from St. Mark.   DVX running down banner
 
Reverse:  Jesus Christ facing, enthroned.   IC XC in fields.
 
Paolucci 24
 
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) throughou the Mediterranean.  Bulgaria, Serbia, other Medieval states copied the coin.
 
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.
 
20mm, 2.18 grams
Price SKU: ark164
US$ 75.00
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