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Italy Venice Silver Ducato (Francesco Morosini)  1688 to 1694
Italy Venice Silver Ducato (Francesco Morosini) 1688 to 1694

Hi Jake -- The dvcatvs venetvs (ducat Venice) means you have a ducat from Venice and the fran mavroc means it is from the time of Francesco Morosini who was Doge (a political leader) at the time. The lion on the reverse side represents Saint Mark of the Bible.

CoinQuest thanks Pavlos S Pavlou for use of the picture of this beautiful silver ducato from Venice. This coin is in wonderful shape and, at the time of this writing, is selling for over $700 US dollars. This is a tremendous coin, and very intriguing. Approximate catalog values run like this:

worn: $200 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $400
well preserved: $1000

An interested reader, Seppo by name, has supplied some wonderful details about this coin. Seppo writes:

Hello! I can fill in some details. Jake's coin is a silver ducat (ducato d'argento). In the inscription 'S.M.VEN.FRAN.MAVROC.D', the beginning 'S.M.VEN.' refers to 'Sanctus Marcus Venetiae' (St. Mark of Venice, the city's patron saint) who is shown on the left, passing the national banner to the Doge, depicted as the city's standard-bearer and kneeling before him. 'FRAN.MAVROC.D' indicates that the coin was minted during Francesco Morosini's reign as Doge, which was 1688-1694. The letters 'Z Q' are the initials of the superintendent of the Venetian mint, Zuane Querini, who was apparently superintendent of the mint only one year 1689. That pinpoints the minting year of Jake's coin.

Coin: 831 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: jake hawkes, Mon, 27-Jul-2009 22:54:48 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 23-Sep-2013 17:22:15 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Sat, 19-Sep-2015 16:14:50 GMT
Requester description: on one side there is a man on a throne with a halo, another man is kneeling infront of him holding a flag, the letters round the outside read .s.m.ven.fran.mavroc.d the letters at the bottom read z.q on the other side there is a winged lion with a halo holding a book open with a tower in the background, the letters round the outside read dvcatvs.venetvs the coin is about 38mm across
Tags: italy venice silver ducato ducat francesco morosini italiana italians italian ditalia italiane italia itali feinsilber sliver siver argent silber silverish silb dvcat ducation dukat ducaton dvcatvs francescone one man throne halo kneeling kneel flag letters monogram round ven fran france mavroc winged wing lion book open tower venetvs ones male mens mans halos haloed keeling kneels knealing script inscription letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy inscriptions lettering scrip lettered initials gaul francaises francais french rf francaise francie franciaise franciase francai fracaise wings books opened opening opens veneta venetian mark doge circle deutschemark reicshmark dreimark sammel marke dutchemark kohlenmarke reichmark sammelmarke deuchmark markas marks marc satzmarke reichsmark marck circled encircle circlet ring circles loops circal encircled circuit ringed circumscibed incircled circel circumference encircles encircling rings circling loop circular circumscribed banner tiger colours blanket flags colors banners bannered lions cougar tigers

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