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    1773 Venetian Osella of 4 Zecchini

    Brilliant and Simply Superb

    Venice. Alvise IV Mocenigo gold Osella of 4 Zecchini 1773, Paolucci 474, Nomisma-381/C (R5), 13.89gm, MS63 NGC. A spectacular gold striking of the Osella. The obverse displays the nimbate lion of San Marco, while the reverse shows a four-line inscription with the date below, within a wreath. Fully brilliant and lustrous, with fully struck devices and no flaws worthy of mention. The gold Osellas were struck by the mint, in multiple weights of the Zecchino. The silver coin dies were used in this production, and the details for the coins of both metals is identical. The fineness of the gold used was .997; no finer gold could be produced at that time. These Osellas appear to have been produced for private individuals (probably for the nobility) who paid a premium over the gold value for the striking costs.

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    January, 2014
    14th-16th Tuesday-Thursday
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    A powerful and intimidating dealer of the 1960s, backed by important colleagues, was accused of selling fraudulent gold coins and ingots to unsuspecting numismatists. Who would go up against a man like that and, over the course of decades, prove the fraud? Who would expose a widely respected scholar as a thief, then doggedly pursue recovery of coins that the scholar had stolen from an embarrassed numismatic organization, all over the objections of influential collectors who had bought coins with clouded titles? Eric P. Newman would - and did. Reserve your copy today.
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