||Venice. Francesco Morosini gold Osella of 4 Zecchini 1691, Paolucci-339, Nomisma-199 (R5), 13.9g, AU55 NGC. Obv. Kneeling Doge accepting the banner from St. Mark. Rev. Bust of the Doge on a pedestal, decorated with trophies of war. The strike is quite bold, and a small test cut is noted, for accuracy, on the edge at 3:00. A very rare issue. Morosini was Captain General of the Venetian forces during the Turkish War, and during the Siege of Athens in 1687 he was responsible for the destruction of the Parthenon. He was the first living Venetian citizen to have a bust placed in the Great Hall. This piece was issued to commemorate the placing of the aforementioned bronze bust of Francesco Morosini in the Hall of Arms of the Council of Ten. Ex: ?Colonel? E.H.R. Green; Green Estate? Partnership of Eric P Newman / B.G. Johnson.
Realized $9,987.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.