1 Scudo    (sold for $182.0)


1624, Venice, Francesco Erizzo. Large Silver Scudo (140 Soldi) Coin. Cleaned XF!

Mint Period: 1623-1624 References: Davenport 4242, KM-125. Denomination: Scudo (Scudo della Croce) of 140 Soldi. Mintmaster: Zan Battista Contarini (I.B.C., 1623-1624) Condition: Cleaned in the past, now retoning,  rusty deposits, otherwise XF! Weight: 31.65gm  Diameter: 40mm  Material: Silver

Obverse: Winged lion of Saint Mark inside a baroque shield. Value in Soldi below. Legend:   • SANCTVS • MARCVS • VENET • Exergue: *140* (140 Soldi)

Reverse: Large floriated ornate cross. Mint master´s initials below. Legend: * FRANC • ERIZZO • DVX • VEN * Exergue: I . B . C (Zan Battista Contarini)

For about a thousand years, the chief magistrate and leader of the Most Serene Republic of Venice was styled the Doge (in ven. Doxe), a rare but not unique Italian title derived from the Latin Dux, as the major Italian parallel Duce and the English Duke. Doges of Venice were elected for life by the city-state's aristocracy. Commonly the person selected as Doge was the shrewdest elder in the city. The Venetian combination of elaborate monarchic pomp and a republican (though 'aristocratic') constitution with intricate checks and balances makes La serenissima Venice a textbook example of a crowned republic.

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Francesco Contarini (Venice, 28 November 1556 – Venice, 6 December 1624) was the 95th Doge of Venice, reigning from 8 September 1623 until his death fourteen months later.

Francesco Contarini was the son of Bertucci Contarini and Laura Dolfin. Both of his parents died while he was young, leaving him as an orphan who was raised by his two older brothers. The three brothers had inherited a substantial fortune, and no expense was spared on Francesco Contarini's education.

A lover of travel, Contarini was sent on several diplomatic missions, representing the Republic of Venice in many European courts. He was the bailo in Constantinople from 1602 to 1604.  In 1611 Contarini was in England, serving as Venetian ambassador at the court of King James. A man of refined manners, he gained a reputation of always placing the needs of Venice above his own self-interest.

Following the death of Antonio Priuli on 12 August 1623, there was no obvious successor as Doge. When voting commenced, there was a stalemate. Francesco Contarini did not particularly want to be Doge, but after 79 ballots had failed to elect a Doge, he was prevailed on to agree to become Doge, and he was elected on 8 September.

Little of note happened during Contarini's time as Doge. As was customary, he participated in the large Venetian festivals. The Thirty Years' War, which had spilled into the Valtellina in February 1623, went well for Venice, although Contarini did not himself participate in fighting.

Contarini was only 67 when elected as Doge, a relatively young age for a position frequently inhabited by octogenarians. Nevertheless, he became ill 12 months after he became Doge and died six weeks after that.

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 Denomination: 1 Scudo
 Metal: Silver
 State: Italian city-states
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