Venetian Jesus Christ Ducat Pendant

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  • Obverse: Jesus Christ
  • Reverse: Saint Mark and Doge Andrea Dandolo
  • Date: 1343 - 1354. Grade: Good Very Fine
  • Mint: Venice, Venetian Republic
  • Gold Ducat Coin in 14k Gold Pendant, Weight 10.3g
  • Framed Coin Size: 24mm Diameter, with 6.5mm Bail Opening for Necklace
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This 14th century gold coin features Jesus Christ, standing within a mandorla containing nine stars. In early Christian art, the mandorla was used to depict sacred moments which transcend time and space, such as the Resurrection. The legend reads SIT T XPE DAT QTV REGIS ISTE DVCAT, which translates as "To thee, O'Christ, duchy, which thou rulest, be dedicated." The reverse side depicts Saint Mark the Evangelist, who is the Patron Saint of Venice and whose remains rest in the city. Saint Mark is shown presenting a banner to the Doge of Venice, Andrea Dandolo, who was the chief magistrate and leader. Venetian gold ducat coins were struck in near pure gold and the design was consistent from its introduction in 1284 to the conquest of Venice by Napoleon in 1797.
The Doge of Venice was elected for life by the city-state's aristocracy and was commonly the shrewdest elder. Dandolo ruled from 1343 to 1354 was known as a just man, incorruptible, full of love for his country, eloquent, wise and humane. Venice was known as the "Most Serene Republic of Venice", as they preferred to trade, rather than participate in unnecessary war activities. However, the Venetians also had many battles with the Muslim Turks who continued to rival Venice for domination of the eastern Mediterranean. In the Middle Ages, the Roman Catholic stronghold of Venice became extremely wealthy through its control of trade between Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean.