CRUSADERS, Chios. Genoese occupation.
|Sale: Triton XII, Lot: 901. Estimate $200.
Closing Date: Monday, 5 January 2009.
Sold For $240. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
Circa 1362-1400. AV Ducat (3.35 g, 6h). Imitating Venice. Uncertain mint. Struck in the name of Antonio Venier, 1382-1400. S/M/V/Є/И/Є/T/I D/V/+ ΛИTO VЄVЄT, St. Mark standing right, holding Gospels and presenting flag (type 1) to Doge kneeling left; triple pellets to left of flag / • SITT +PЄ DΛT Q TV • TЄGIS ISTЄ DVCΛT • (G retrograde), Christ standing facing, raising hand in benediction and holding Gospels, surrounded by elliptical halo containing four stars to left, five to right; pellet between feet. Cf. CNI VII 30; Ives -; cf. Schlumberger pl. XIV, 11; Gamberini -. VF, flan crack, struck with heavily rusted dies at a very late die state.
From the B.R. Bell Collection.
The style of this coin is close to the types that Schlumberger credits to Chios as early anonymous issues. The trefoil of pellets adds to this assumption, but is not a certainty. Possibly an imitation of Chios from another location, but certainly pre-1476.