Venice, AR grosso - Francesco Dandalo, 1329-1339, XF - AU

Ancient Coins - Venice, AR grosso - Francesco Dandalo, 1329-1339, XF - AU
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Obverse:  FRA DANDVLO doge (military governor) standing facing, receiving banner from St. Mark, DVX running down banner to the right of doge.
 
Reverse:  facing enthroned Jesus Christ, IC XC in fields to left and right of Christ's head.
 
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.
 
20mm, 1.98 grams
 
This coins looks relatively unclipped and has superb detail for type!!  Full features on Christ, doge, and St. Mark.
Price SKU: nat5
US$ 125.00
  • € 111.05
  • £ 94.32
  • AUD 175.86
  • CHF 115.65
  • CAD 158.34

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