ITALY. Lucca. Scudo, 1753. NGC AU-50.
Dav-1375; KM-62. The classic motif of St. Martin as a Roman soldier on horseback before a beggar. The beggar appeared before him shivering in the cold ,at which point St. Martin drew his sword and cut his own cloak in half to clothe the freezing man. The traditional Christian belief is that Christ later appeared to him in a dream telling St. Martin "What thou has done for that poor man, thou has done for me". A wholesome example showing only moderate wear from circulation. Attractive original toning.