Venice, AR grosso, 1229-1249, Jacopo Tiepolo - Christ enthroned, XF+

Ancient Coins - Venice, AR grosso, 1229-1249, Jacopo Tiepolo - Christ enthroned, XF+
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Obverse:  IA TEVPL DVX S M Doge (military governor) receiving banner from St. Mark
 
Reverse:  IC - XC  Christ enthroned holding book of Gospels
 
The Venetian grosso was introducted in 1192 by Doge Dondolo and was symbolic of the rising economic power of Venice.  Venice effectively co-opted the Fourth Crusade for their own purposes.   This coin remained the premier trade coin of the Mediterranean for hundreds of years and it remained amazlingly constant in size, appearance and purity.  The coin was copied far and wide by Bulgaria, Serbia and other medieval states.
 
A fascinating coin that is contemporary with the Byzantine Empire.
 
20mm, 2.17 grams
 
Very little clipping, XF
 
 
Price SKU: ark262
US$ 80.00
  • € 70.88
  • £ 60.34
  • AUD 113.65
  • CHF 73.82
  • CAD 102.33

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