VENICE F. Loredano 1752-62 zecchino no date


ITALY, VENICE, F. Loredano, 1752-62, zecchino, no date, Obverse: doge standing L before saint standing R, FRANC. LAVRED S. M. VENETI, Reverse: Jesus standing facing in starred spindled field, SIT. T. XPE. DAT Q. TV REGIS. ISTE. DVCA, gold, 21.5mm, 3.49g, C21, minor gash and other marks, was probably buried in sand, XF-AU

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The Loredan family of Venice claimed Roman origin. They contributed several doges (elected dukes) to the Venetian government. Frencesco Loredano was the 116th Doge of Venice. The state was in decline. He did not contribute to the political scene in any consequential sense, spent money on public buildings, contributed to some charity ventures. Venetian neutrality in international politics of the time was lucrative, so there was money even as it lost status.

In early ancient times the region was inhabited by the eponymous Veneti. The city is said to have been founded by Roman refugees fleeing from Germanic invaders in the 5th century AD. It grew rich and powerful on maritime trade and was a major player in the Mediterranean until it’s annexation by Austria in the early 19th century. It was incorporated in the Kingdom of Italy in 1866. The government was an oligarchic republic, in which qualified voters (rich people) elected on of their own to be the leader.

After the devolution of the Western Roman Empire into a German kingdom the Italian peninsula went through about 1800 years of disunity and foreign conquest before the War of Unification in the 1860s.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.