This gorgeous 14K Gold pendant is set with a Venetian coin from 1200-1300s. This piece could appeal to anyone who loves antiques, history or just beautiful well-made jewelry. Here all three are combined. This pendant would look great on a silver chain as well as on a gold chain.
Denomination: AR Grosso
Date: 1289-1310 CE
Description: Obverse: PEGRADONICO D / V / X SMVENETI; Nimbate St. Mark, to right, presents royal standard to robed and bearded Doge. Reverse: Christ with a granulated nimbus encircling his head in robe (hiton) and mantle (himation) is seated on a throne. Holds on his left knee the Gospels ornamented with five precious stones. Initials “IC-XC” (Greek abbreviation for Jesus Christ) written at the height of his head.
HISTORY: Introduced around 1202 (to fund preparations for the grand and infamous Fourth Crusade that eventually sacked Constantinople) by the mighty Doge Enrico Dandolo and backed by the Republic's thriving economic power, this type of coin remained for well over a century the dollar of Southeastern European economy. Although almost all of its design elements are of Byzantine origin - including the iconic image of a facing enthroned Christ with the Greek inscription "IC XC" (for Jesus Christ) on its reverse - the particular combination in this silver coin of stable and strictly controlled weight and purity lasted for over 150 years (with variations in doge only) and became associated strictly with Venice. As such, through imitations and forgeries, it influenced many Eastern Mediterranean coinages, including the first systematic series of Serbian medieval coins. Pietro Gradenigo-Doge (Duke) 1289 - 1311 "Children are terrified by words; valiant men fear not even the sword's point." -Pietro Gradenigo on the occasion of the Republic's third Papal interdict, 1309 For some thousand years, the leader of Venice was the Doge ( Duke ). The Doge was elected by the city-state's aristocracy. Commonly the person selected as Doge was the most politically shrewd older man in the city. While they had great temporal power, Doges were by law confined for the rest of their lives to within the Doge's Palace complex.
1. Avoid chemicals. Do not wear to hot tubs or sea.
2. To clean use a silver cloth on gold. Absolutely NO JEWELRY CLEANERS!
3. Best preserved in ziplock bag when not worn.
The jewelry made in the US.
The piece comes with a Certificate of Authenticity of the Coin.
Workmanship is guaranteed.
RETURNS: 2 weeks no questions asked. Time counts from the time you receive the item to the time you ship it back.