||Venice. Alvise Contarini gold Osella of 4 Zecchini 1682, Paolucci II, 330, Nomisma 182/B (R4), 13.86gm, AU58 NGC. The obverse shows Saint Mark seated, handing the flag to a kneeling Doge, and the reverse has a six-line inscription in a beaded circle. The gold Osellas are extremely rare, with only a few pieces of each known. This example has full legends with abundant remaining luster. Alvise Contarini was the Doge of Venice from 1676-1684. As such, he was the leader, and chief public official, of the Republic of Venice. Ex: ?Colonel? E.H.R. Green; Green Estate? Partnership of Eric P Newman / B.G. Johnson.
Realized $9,400.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.