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Zecchini - Venice Gold Dukat's


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I haven't seen any Zecchino yet on the Forum and Yesterday I spend all day determining and documenting my Zecchini.

So I just post the document I made here. And hope that I haven't made a mistake.

 

The design of the Venetian gold ducat, or zecchino, remained unchanged for over 500 years, from its introduction in 1284 to the takeover of Venice by Napoleon in 1797.

No other coin design has ever been produced over such a long historical period.

Initially called "ducat" (ducato), for the ruling Doge of Venice who was prominently depicted on it.

It was called the zecchino, after the Zecca (mint) of Venice, since 1543 when Venice began minting a silver coin also called a ducat. The name of the mint ultimately derives from Arabic: سكّة (sikka), meaning a coin mould or die.

 

Italian States VENICE Zecchino Pasquale Cicogna MB# 271 (1585-95)

Obverse: St. Mark standing at left presenting staff with DVX vertically at top to doge kneeling at right

Obverse Legend: PASC. CICO(N). - S. M. VENE(T).

Reverse: Full-length facing figure of Christ in beaded ellipse lined with stars

Reverse Legend: SIT. T. XPE. DAT. Q. T(V). - REGIS. ISTE. DVC(A)(T).

Ruler: Pasquale Cicogna

Note: Ref. P#1-12; Fr. 1270.

 

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Italian States VENICE Zecchino Alvise Mocenego KM# 460 (1700-09)

Obverse: St. Mark standing at left presenting staff with cross and DVX vertically at top to doge kneeling at right

Obverse Legend: ALOY. MOCENI. - S. M. VENET.

Reverse: Full-length facing figure of Christ in beaded ellipse lined with stars

Reverse Legend: SIT. T. XPE. DAT. Q. TV - REGIS. ISTE. DVCA.

Ruler: Alvise Mocenigo II

Note: Ref. P#2-4; Fr. 1358.

 

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Italian States VENICE Zecchino Giovanni Corner II  KM# 481 (1709-22)

Obverse: St. Mark standing at left presenting staff with cross and DVX vertically at top to doge kneeling at right

Obverse Legend: IOAN. CORNEL. - S. M. VENET.

Reverse: Full-length facing figure of Christ in beaded ellipse lined with stars

Reverse Legend: SIT. T. XPE. DAT. Q. TV - REGIS. ISTE. DVCA

Ruler: Giovanni Corner II

Note: Ref. P#4-8; Fr. 1372.123982895_CornerF.JPG.13398b556a94ccde1eb408e9f212ddab.JPG1740106425_CornerB.JPG.c232c4803b33e06a820517e2a6bbe63f.JPG

Italian States VENICE Zecchino Francesco Loredan KM# 619 (1752-62)

Obverse: St. Mark standing at left presenting staff with cross and DVX vertically at top to doge kneeling at right

Obverse Legend: FRANC. LAVRED. (D.) - S. M. VENET.

Reverse: Full-length facing figure of Christ in beaded ellipse lined with stars

Reverse Legend: SIT. T. XPE. DAT. Q. TV - REGIS. ISTE. DVCA

Ruler: Francesco Loredan  -

Note: Ref. P#1-4; Fr. 1405. Prev. C-21.

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These coins are one of my favourites.

Please feel free to comment or post yours.

 

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2 hours ago, LuckyLuudje said:

I haven't seen any Zecchino yet on the Forum and Yesterday I spend all day determining and documenting my Zecchini.

I often seen that Zecchini Gold Coins - it is not my collection area - but I like them. 
Lovely fantastic coins. Like yours!

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Oh I have one question - I noticed that so many coins are punched. I mean - there are a lot of coins with holes on the market - but with the Zecchini I particularly notice that so many specimens are holed. is there a particular reason for this? Were they particularly popular to wear around the neck for "good luck"? Why were they so popular to wear?

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20 minutes ago, Prieure de Sion said:

Oh I have one question - I noticed that so many coins are punched. I mean - there are a lot of coins with holes on the market - but with the Zecchini I particularly notice that so many specimens are holed. is there a particular reason for this? Were they particularly popular to wear around the neck for "good luck"? Why were they so popular to wear?

Very good question, But I am by far an expert on these, I just like the design and coins.

The most important reason I have bought these Zecchini is because I have the hobby to hunt for a local golden coin when I visit a place on holiday.

And I have been 4 times in Venice in the past. But indeed you are right, I also noticed that more than normal coins from Venice are holed or plugged!

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Very nice coins! 
Venetian coins are one area I’d like to break into one day. 
Here is my only coin from the most Serene Republic

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image.jpeg.7a7908a491aad1cd74e41a68735f3fd4.jpegObverse: Doge (duke) Pietro Gradengo (stands facing receiving banner from patron saint St. Mark. Lettering: . PE • GRADONICO • Reverse: Facing figure of Nimbate Jesus Christ Pantocrator, enthroned, IC XC field to the left and right. Lettering: IC / XC

 

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