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Great Run of Venice Doge Issues
December 19, 2008

Venice in New York

On January 5, 2009, Numismatik Lanz Munchen and Numismatica Bernardi Trieste will present their joint Auction 145, with a bevy of rare coins, a large portion of which are ancients and Italian coins. I posted about a few of the lots which most interested me over the last few days, but now I wanted to relay that this sale also offers an extensive run of Venice coinage and medallic pieces.

There are nearly 50 lots of Venice Doge issues in Auction 145 and all will cross the block at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York in conjunction with the 37th annual New York International Numismatic Convention. This will provide bidders with a great opportunity to acquire choice pieces like the 124 Soldi illustrated above and offered as lot 237.

Some exceptioanlly noteworthy pieces from the Venice run include an extremely rare Mezzo Tallero struck in gold to the weight of a 6 Zecchini and a Scudo of 140 Soldi struck in gold to the weight og 12 Zecchini. Cataloged as lot 252 and lot 264 the former is one of only two known examples and is the only piece currently held in private collection, while the latter is exsessively rare. Their pre-auction estimatea are 50,000 and 30,000 Euro respectively.

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About the Author
Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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