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Great Run of Venice Doge Issues

Venice in New York


On January 5, 2009, Numismatik Lanz Munchenand Numismatica Bernardi Trieste will present their joint Auction 145, with a bevy of rare coins, a large portion of which are ancients and Italian coins. I posted about a few of the lots which most interested me over the last few days, but now I wanted to relay that this sale also offers an extensive run of Venice coinage and medallic pieces.

There are nearly 50 lots of Venice Dogeissues in Auction 145 and all will cross the block at the Waldorf Astoria Hotelin New York in conjunction with the 37th annual New York International Numismatic Convention. This will provide bidders with a great opportunity to acquire choice pieces like the 124 Soldi illustrated above and offered as lot 237.


Some exceptioanlly noteworthy pieces from the Venice run include an extremely rare Mezzo Tallero struck in gold to the weight of a 6 Zecchini and a Scudo of 140 Soldi struck in gold to the weight og 12 Zecchini. Cataloged as lot 252and lot 264the former is one of only two known examples and is the only piece currently held in private collection, while the latter is exsessively rare. Their pre-auction estimatea are 50,000 and 30,000 Euro respectively.