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January 2018 NYINC Auction  11-13 Jan 2018
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Lot 21136

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Starting Price: 36 000 USD
Price realized: 150 000 USD

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ITALY. Venice. 40 Zecchini, ND. Paolo Renier (1779-89). PCGS EF-45 Secure Holder.
139.23 gms. Fr-1426; C-113; Paolucci-pg. 130 #3(R6); CNI-VIII.526, 92; Papadopoli-pg. 807/8 #2; Mont-3040(R5); Gamberini-1803(R8); Nomisma-388(R5). EXCEEDINGLY RARE and possibly unique. Struck with 10 Zecchini dies on a quadruple thick planchet. Doge kneeling before St. Mark, legend "S.M. VENET. PAVL. RAINER."; Reverse: Standing Christ in lens-shaped frame amid stars holding globus cruciger "SIT * T * XRE * DAT * TV * REGIS * ISTE * DVCAT *" (Grant, O Christ that Thou shalt Rule [the Nations]). CNI lists coins of 50, 40, 24, 18, 10, 8 and 4 Zecchini of this Doge, all of which are distinguished by this same immemorial Venetian design. All are ''senza sigle'', without Mintmaster's name. At the time of striking, such a gigantic gold coin would have represented a significant amount of wealth even for the leading figures in the Republic for whom such over-sized Presentation coins were made. Paolucci notes the rarity as "known from two or three specimens only, or unique". The opportunity to acquire any multiple Zecchini does not present itself often let alone the chance to obtain one of this magnitude and rarity. The fact that this specimen has survived for more than 230 years is impressive in its own right. Contact marks and minor edge bumps as is common for pieces of this size and purity. A chance to attain a significant piece of numismatic history that may not occur for again for a prolonged period of time. PCGS EF-45 Secure Holder.

Descended in the family of current owners Anne and Daniel Aghion.

Estimate: $60000.00- $80000.00
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