IOW-2DA204: Medieval Coin: Venetian Grosso of Doge Francesco Dandolo

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Unique ID: IOW-2DA204

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A pierced Venetian grosso of Doge Francesco Dandolo (AD 1329-39). The coin is pierced through the head of Christ on the reverse.


A common coin in the Mediterranean world and the Balkans, but an uncommon find in England (pers. comm. Barrie Cook, Dept. of Coins & Medals, The British Museum).

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Evidence of reuse: Pierced

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1329
Date to: AD 1339
Period of reuse: MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.99 g
Diameter: 20 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 20th May 2007

Personal details

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2007-1-252

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Ruler/issuer: Francesco Dandolo
Mint or issue place: Venice
Type: Venetian soldino of Francesco Dandolo (type 1)
Obverse description: St. Mark handing a banner to Doge
Obverse inscription: SMVENETI FRADANDVLO DVX
Reverse description: Christ enthroned with inscription either side of head
Reverse inscription: IC/XC (IC for Iesus and XC for Christus)
Die axis measurement: 10 o'clock
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Metal detecting rally
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 15 years ago
Updated: 11 years ago

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