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    Astounding Choice Mint State 20 Zecchini

    Venice. Alvise Mocenigo IV gold 20 Zecchini ND (1763-1778) MS63 NGC, KM678.1 (Rare), Fr-1416 (Rare), CNI-VIIIb.116, Paolucci-129.7 (R4), Bellesia-360 (R5; this coin). 69.72gm. Variety with six-pointed stars surrounding Christ, and long tail on Q. A coin which quite simply defies all expectations--an extraordinarily rare multiple zecchini preserved in Choice Mint State condition. Indeed, while a Venetian gold coin of this size can be counted as a true prize in-and-of-itself, finding one that has escaped both dings and cleaning is a nearly unbelievable feat. Lavishly produced on a comparatively even flan for the series, not a trace of detail is under-expressed or left wanting, with St. Mark and the Doge standing in nearly medallic relief against the mildly Prooflike fields. Awarded an R5 designation by Bellesia, indicating "only a few known," that same reference cites just two auction appearances for the type: one as part of Stack's March 1988 International Collection sale (lot 1388), and the other sold by Montenapoleone of Milan in May 1989, which could be this coin. Otherwise absent from auction records of the last several decades and missing from the holdings of Gnecchi and Morosini, we can think of no better prize for even the most scrupulous collectors of Venetian coinage.

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