GOLD DUCAT / ZECCHINO DOGE DOMENICO CONTARINI - VENICE
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FRASCATIUS ANCIENTSA BEAUTIFUL GOLD DUCAT / ZECCHINO OF DOMENICO II CONTARINI, DOGE OF VENICE ITALY FROM 1659 - 1674 AD.
A COIN OF VENICE FROM THE HEIGHT OF ITS WORLD POWER
SHARP VENETIAN GOLD COIN THAT HAS BEEN HOLED AND PLUGGED
THE SIZE IS 22.2 MM AND 3.47 GRAMS.
OBVERSE – St. Mark standing right, lowering head to and receiving long cross from Doge kneeling left
REVERSE – SIT • T • XPE • DAT • Q • TV REGIS • ISTE DVCA ( "Let it be given for you, Christ, that dukedom which you rule" ) Christ standing facing, holding Gospels and raising hand in benediction, surrounded by mandorla containing stars
Contarini's reign as Doge lasted for sixteen years, and during that time he was able to bring a measure of political stability to Venice after a period which had seen multiple Doges in a short period of time.
In Contarini's first decade as Doge, the war with the Ottoman Empire grew more intense. The Siege of Candia had been ongoing from 1648, but many Venetians feared that if Candia was lost, this would mean the end of Venetian hegemony over the Mediterranean Sea and the beginning of Ottoman hegemony. The Senate of Venice therefore vowed that Candia would never be taken. Thus, the Venetian treasury was depleted, merchant families were ruined, thousands of Venetian men were... read more