Venice, AR grosso - Rainer Zeno - 1253-1268 AD, Christ enthroned

Ancient Coins - Venice, AR grosso - Rainer Zeno - 1253-1268 AD, Christ enthroned
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Obverse:  RA CENO SM VENETI doge (military governor) left beside St. Mark

Reverse:  Christ enthroned IX - XC

 The Venetian grosso was introducted in 1192 by Doge Dandalo 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 amazingly 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, 2.18 grams
 
By the way, if you don't know about  the intersection of the Crusades, Venice and Constantinople, here is a website I found informative.
http://aggreen.net/church_history/1204_sack.html

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