WMID-9A8817: Late medieval silver Soldino of Francesco Foscari

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Unique ID: WMID-9A8817

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A silver medieval Venetian soldino, probably of Francesco Foscari, doge from 1423 to 1457. The obverse depicts the Doge kneeling left and holding a banner, and reads FR[A.FOSCA]RI DVX, with the mint control KQ to the right. The reverse depicts the winged and nimbate lion of St Mark facing within a circle, holding book of gospels and reads [S.MARC]VS VENETI.


As the coin is somewhat worn and damaged, attribution to Doge Francesco Foscari is based on the only legible letters of the Doge's name, R and I. However, Foscari appears to be the only Doge whose name ends with these letters, making him the most likely candidate.

In Daubney's 2009 paper on the circulation of Venetian coinage in late Medieval England, Daubney records no known examples of Foscari's coinage from Britain (Daubney 2009, 187). Assuming that the atttribution is correct, this coin is therefore of some importance.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: National importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1423
Date to: Circa AD 1457

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.45 mm
Weight: 0.4 g
Diameter: 11.63 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 7th November 2010

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Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Soldino
Ruler/issuer: Francesco Foscari
Mint or issue place: Little Venice
Type: Venetian soldino of Francesco Foscari type 6
Obverse description: Doge kneeling left and holding a banner, mint control K Q to right
Obverse inscription: FR[A.FOSCA]RI DVX
Reverse description: Winged and nimbate lion of St Mark facing within a circle, holding book of gospels.
Reverse inscription: [S.MARC]VS VENETI.
Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Lichfield (District)
Parish or ward: Drayton Bassett (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP1999
Four figure Latitude: 52.588475
Four figure longitude: -1.720984
1:25K map: SP1999
1:10K map: SP19NE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Daubney, A. 2009 The circulation and prohibition of Venetian soldini in late medieval England London Spink 187

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Recording Institution: WMID
Created: 11 years ago
Updated: 11 years ago

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