Venice, AR grosso - Giovanni Soranzo, 1312-1328 AD, dark toning!!

Ancient Coins - Venice, AR grosso - Giovanni Soranzo, 1312-1328 AD, dark toning!!
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Obverse:  Christ enthroned holding book of Gospels between IC - XC

Reverse:  IO' SVRANTIO -  DVX S M VENETI Doge (military governor) and St. Mark standing facing, holding standard between them, DVX vertically to left of pole

Notice the full strike on Christ's features and the minimal amount of clipping that has taken place on this coin!!  There is a notch out of the coin at 12 o'clock.  Even St. Mark is amazingly detailed.     Very attractive.

21mm, 2.08 grams

Interesting asides: St. Mark is holding the Book of Gospels on his chest.   Also, the iconography of Christ is exactly that used by the Russian Orthodox church on icons.
 
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 nd the reverse depicting the doge of Venice standing next to St. Mark. 
 
A fascinating coin that is contemporary with the Byzantine Empire

Price SKU: tpl206
US$ 90.00
  • € 79.55
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  • CAD 114.81

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