1545-1553 Gold Coin Venice Italy Zecchino or Ducat Francesco Dona Fr 1250 VF++
Description: Beautiful gold coin showing no date from Venice Italy. This is a one Zecchino or Ducat from the times of Francis or Francesco Dona in the period of 1545-1553. The coin shows Doge kneeling before St. Mark, who holds staff in right hand with the letters DVX along the top of the staff and the legend "FRAN*DON| • S | • M | • V | Є | N | Є | T | I" surrounding the image on the obverse. The reverse shows full length Christ the Redeemer standing facing forward within beaded ellipse lined with 12 stars. The reverse has the legend "SITÂ·TÂ·XPEÂ·DATÂ·QÂ·TV REGISÂ·ISTEÂ·DVCAT" surrounding the image of Christ along the edge. The coin is undated but was issued during the period 1545-1553. The coin is much better than the photos suggest. It is beautiful with great eye appeal. It is Fr. 1250, weighs ~3.5 gm and measures ~21 mm. The coin is beautiful and in very fine or better state of preservation. Please carefully review the photos provided as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: ND (1545-1553).
Size and Weight: This is a one Zecchino or Ducat that is ~21 mm in diameter and weighs ~3.5 grams of 0.9990 gold.
References: Fr. 1250.
Condition: I would grade the coin as a nice very fine or better with all the details being well preserved and having wear commensurate with its age and circulated status. The coin still retains some of its luster and shows minor surface marks such as scratches or bag marks. It does have crease or bend extending from the edge at 2:45 O'clock to the shoulder of the Doge. Other than that, the coin is problem free and has great eye appeal. The coin is much better than the photos suggest. Please see photos to appreciate the beauty of this coin and for additional condition information.
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