Authentic Medieval Coinage of the Venetian Empire.
For over a thousand years, the leader and head magistrate of the Venetian Empire (also known as "The Most Serene Republic of Venice" was the Doge. The title "Doge" is derived from the Latin word Dux,which eventually became Duce in Italy and Duke to the English. Venice's Doges were elected to their position by the city-state's aristocracy, and were expected to fulfill their position for life. The Doges of Venice minted an array of coinage... flucctuating from silver and gold in the earlier years of the Republic, to bronze in the latter. The last Doge of Venice was Ludovico Manin, who abdicated on May 12, 1797 upon the conquest of Napoleon.

See Also: Medieval Venetian Coins For Sale / The Doges of Venice: A Chronological List


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Vitale II Michael. 1156-1172 AD. AR Denaro
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Sebastian Ziani. 1172-1178 AD. AR Denaro Scodellato. obv: S-MARCVS; cross. rev: SEB-DVX; cross.
Orio Mastropiero. 1178-1192 AD. AR Denaro Scodellato. obv: AVR -DVX; cross. rev: S-MARCVS; cross .3o grams.
Enrico Dandolo. 1192-1205 AD. AR Denaro Scodellato. obv: S-MARCVS; cross. rev: sim. to Ziani.

Pietro Zani. 1205-1229 AD. AR grosso. obv: Christ enthroned, facing front; IC-XC above. rev: P-ZIANO-SM-VENETI; Doge (L) receiving tall flag from St. Mark (R). DVX down flag staff. 19 mm; 2.1 g. 42nd Doge of Venice
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Jacopo Tiepolo. 1229-1249 AD.
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Marino Morosini. 1249-1253 AD.
Ranieri Zeno. 1253-1268 AD. AR grosso. obv: Christ enthroned, facing front; IC-XC above. RA-CENO-SM-VENETI; Doge (L) receiving tall flag from St. Mark (R). DVX down flag staff. 19mm, 2.1 g. 45th Doge of Venice.

Lorenzo Tiepolo. 1268-1275 AD. AR grosso. obv: Christ enthroned, facing front; IC-XC above. rev: LA-TEVPL-SM-VENETO; Doge (L) receiving tall flag from St. Mark (R). DVX down flag staff. 19mm, 2.0 g.

Giapolo (Jacopo?) Contarini. 1275-1280 AD. AR grosso. obv: Christ enthroned, facing front; IC-XC above. rev: IA.OTARIN SM VENETI; Doge (L) receiving tall flag from St. Mark (R). DVX down flag staff.
Giovanni Dandolo. 1280-1289 AD. AR grosso. obv: Christ enthroned, facing front; IC-XC above. rev: IO-DANDVL-SM-VENETI; Doge (L) receiving tall flag from St. Mark (R). DVX down flag staff. 19mm, 2.2g. NOTE: The gold ducat was introduced under Dandolo in 1282 AD.
Pietro Gradenigo. 1289-1311 AD. AR grosso. obv: Christ enthroned, facing front; IC-XC above. PR-GRADONIGO-SM-VENETI; Doge (L) receiving tall flag from St. Mark (R). DVX down flag staff.
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Marino Zorzi. 1311-1312 AD.
Giovanni Soranzo. 1312-1328 AD. AR grosso. obv: Christ enthroned, facing front; IC-XC above. rev: IO-SVPANTIO-SM-VENETI; Doge (L) receiving tall flag from St. Mark (R). DVX down flag staff.
Francesco Dandolo. 1329-1339 AD. AR grosso. obv: Christ enthroned, facing front; IC-XC above. rev: FRA-DANDVL-SM-VENETI; Doge (L) receiving tall flag from St. Mark (R). DVX down flag staff.
AR Soldino. obv: Doge with gonfalon kneeling left; DVLO-DVX (sim). Lion of St. Mark, nimbate, holding banner left; + FRA-DAN. 0.95 g. ref: Biaggi # 2833.
Bartolomeo Gradenigo. 1339-1342 AD. AR grosso. obv: Christ enthroned, facing front; IC-XC above. rev: BA- GRADONICO-DVX-SM-VENETI; Doge (L) receiving tall flag from St. Mark (R). DVX down flag staff.
Andrea Dandolo. 1342-1354 AD. AR grosso. obv: Christ enthroned, facing front; IC-XC above. rev: ANDR-DANDVLO-DVX-SM-VENETI; Doge (L) receiving tall flag from St. Mark (R). DVX down flag staff.
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Marino Falier. 1354-1355 AD.
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Giovanni Gradenigo. 1355-1356 AD
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Giovanni Dolfin. 1356-1361. AR soldino. obv: Doge's profile with gonfalon left. DVLO DVX (sim). rev: Lion of St. Mark, nimbate, holding banner left; IOH S DELP (sim).
Lorenzo Celsi, 1361-1365 AD. Silver soldino. Doge's profile left, kneeling, holding tall flag, + LAVR CELSI DVX around / Lion of St. Mark, nimbate, holding flag left, + S MARCVS VENETI around. 15 mm. ref: Biaggi 2837, Gamberini 109.
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Marco Corner. 1365-1368 AD.
Andrea Contarini. 1368-1382 AD. AR soldino. obv: Doge's profile left, holding tall flag; ANDR'9 TAR'DVX. rev: Winded lion, wings spread, holding open book; S-MARCUS-VENETI.
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AR Soldino. obv: Doge with gonfalon kneeling left; rev: Lion of St. Mark, with wings spread, holding open book.
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Michele Morosini. 1382 AD.
Antonio Venier. 1382-1400 AD. AR grosso. obv: Christ enthroned, facing front; IC-XC above. rev: ANTO-VENERIO-SM-VENETI; Doge (L) receiving tall flag from St. Mark (R). DVX down flag staff.
Antonio Venier, 1382-1400 AD. Silver soldino. obv: Doge's profile left, holding tall flag / Lion holding flag left.
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Michele Steno. 1400-1413 AD.
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Tommaso Mocenigo. 1414-1423 AD.
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Francesco Foscari. 1423-1457 AD. AR grosso. obv: Christ enthroned, facing front; IC-XC above. TIBI LAVS 7 GLORIA. rev: FRA FOSCARI SM VENETI; Doge (L) receiving tall flag from St. Mark (R). DVX down flag staff.
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Gold ducat. obv: SIT-TVPC-DAT-Q-TV-REGIS-ISTE-DVCA; St. Mark facing front. rev: FRAC-FOSCARI-SMVENITI. 20mm, 3.6 g.
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Pasquale Malipiero. 1457-1462 AD.
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Cristoforo Moro. 1462-1471 AD.
Agostino Barbarigo, 1486-1501 AD.
Copper tornesello. Winged lion of Saint Mark, +S.MARK...VENETI around / Cross with AVG BARBARIGO DVX around. 16 mm
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Andrea Gritti. 1523-1538 AD. AR Mocenigo o Lira. obv: Christ standing, facing on platform inscribed "PL"; GLORIA-TIB-P-SOLI. rev: Doge with gonfalon kneeling left, before St. Mark standing rt., raising hem of his robes; SM-VENET-ANDREAS-GRITI. DVX down flag staff.
Andrea Gritti. 1523-1538 AD. AR Marcello o Mezzo Lira. obv: Christ seated, facing front, in heavy, high-backed throne, GLORIA-TIB-P-SOLI. rev: Doge with gonfalon kneeling left, before St. Mark standing rt., raising hem of his robes. Inscription down left from top: SM-VENETI / Inscription down right from top: AND-GRITI. DVX down flag staff
Pietro Lando. 1539-1545 AD. AR Mocenigo o Lira. obv: Christ standing, facing on platform inscribed "FZ"; GLORIA-TIB-P-SOLI. rev: Doge with gonfalon kneeling left, before St. Mark standing rt., raising hem of his robes; SM-VENET-ANDREAS. DVX down flag staff.
Francesco Contarini, 1623-1624 AD. Copper 12-denarii soldino. Doge kneeling left, holding tall cross/staff, facing nimbate winged lion holding Gospels open with paw. "12" below. S.M.V.FRANC.CONT around / Christ standing, nimbate and robed, with hand held in benediction, +DEFENS NOSTER+ around. 22 mm.
Giovanni I Corner. 1625-1629 AD. AR/AE quarter-soldi. Obv: Christ standing, facing front, hand upraised in benediction; DEFENS-NOSTER-X. rev: Winged lion standing rt., and doge standing left, holding tall cross. SM-VEN-ANC-PR; "12" in exergue. 20mm, 1.9 g.
Francesco Erizzo. 1631-1646 AD. AR/AE bagattino(?). Obv: Christ standing, facing front, hand upraised in benediction; [DI-FRANC]xxx. rev: Winged lion standing rt., and doge standing left, holding tall cross; S-M-V-FRANC-ERI; "12" in exergue. 20mm, 1.7 g.
Alvise Contarini, 1676-1684 AD. Billon soldino. Doge kneeling left, holding tall cross/staff, facing nimbate winged lion holding Gospels open with paw. "12" below. S.M.V.ALOYS.CON around / Christ standing, nimbate and robed, with hand held in benediction, +DEFENS NOSTER+ around. 22 mm.
Marcantonio Giustinian, 1684-1688 AD. Copper 12-denarii soldino. Doge kneeling left, holding tall cross/staff, facing nimbate winged lion holding Gospels open with paw. "12" below. S.M.V.M.A.IVSTIN around / Christ standing, nimbate and robed, with hand held in benediction, +DEFENS NOSTER+ around. 22 mm.
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Alvise II Mocenigo. 1700-1709 AD. AR/AE 12 bagattini soldi. Obv: Christ standing, facing front, hand upraised in benediction; DEFENS-NOSTER. rev: Winged lion standing rt., and doge standing left, holding tall cross; S-M-V-ALOY-MOC. 19 mm; 2.0 g.

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Pietro Gradenigo. 1289-1311 AD. AR grosso. obv: Christ enthroned, facing front; IC-XC above. AVR-A (D?)PONIGO-SM-VENETI; Doge (L) receiving tall flag from St. Mark (R). DVX down flag staff.

#GV0216: $200

Pietro Gradenigo. 1289-1311 AD. AR grosso. obv: Christ enthroned, facing front; IC-XC above. AVR-A (D?)PONIGO-SM-VENETI; Doge (L) receiving tall flag from St. Mark (R). DVX down flag staff. 21 mm; 2.0 g.

#V071: $150 (check for availability)

Giovanni Dandolo. 1280-1289 AD. AR grosso. obv: Christ enthroned, facing front; IC-XC above. rev: IO-DANDVL-SM-VENETI; Doge (L) receiving tall flag from St. Mark (R). DVX down flag staff. 21 mm; 2.1 g.

#V043: $150 (check for availability)

Giovanni Dandolo. 1280-1289 AD. AR grosso. obv: Christ enthroned, facing front; IC-XC above. rev: IO-DANDVL-SM-VENETI; Doge (L) receiving tall flag from St. Mark (R). DVX down flag staff. 21 mm; 2.2 g.

#V0002: $135 (check for availability)

Pietro Zani. 1205-1229 AD. AR grosso. obv: Christ enthroned, facing front; IC-XC above. rev: P-ZIANO-SM-VENETI; Doge (L) receiving tall flag from St. Mark (R). DVX down flag staff. 19 mm; 2.1 g. 42nd Doge of Venice. 20 mm; 1.7 g. Holed in antiquity.

#V221: $75 (check for availability)

Giovanni Soranzo. 1312-1328 AD. AR grosso. obv: Christ enthroned, facing front; IC-XC above. rev: IO-SVPANTIO-SM-VENETI; Doge (L) receiving tall flag from St. Mark (R). DVX down flag staff. 17 mm; 1.3 g. Clipped to pirate the silver in Medieval times. Nice detail, however!

#V10GS: $90

Giovanni Dandolo. 1280-1289 AD. Billon-solver grosso. obv: Christ enthroned, facing front; IC-XC above. rev: IO-DANDVL-SM-VENETI; Doge (L) receiving tall flag from St. Mark (R). DVX down flag staff. 16 mm; 1.3 g. Possibly a contemporart counterfeit, clipped to cover the defects.

#V0011AE: $50 (check for availability)

Andrea Contarini. 1368-1382 AD. AR grosso. Christ enthroned, facing front; IC-XC above. rev: Doge (L) receiving tall flag from St. Mark (R). DVX down flag staff. An amazing coin, very beautiful. Pierced with a square nail over 700 years ago. 21 mm; 1.8 g. Very nice piece!

#V9A9: $110



The Venetian Soldino

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Andrea Contarini. 1368-1382 AD. AR grosso. obv: Doge's profile left, holding tall flag; ANDR'I TAR'DVX. rev: Winded lion, wings spread, holding open book; S-MARCUS-VENETI.

#V005AC: $52

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Lorenzo Celsi. 1361-1365 AD.

#6_LCel: $65

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Antonio Venier. 1382-1400 AD.

#007AV: $65

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Antonio Venier. 1382-1400 AD.

#008AV: $55

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