Origin: In the Middle Ages before the unification of Italy, the peninsula was made up of many smaller independent states. Some of the most powerful among them were maritime republics, such as Venice, Pisa, Amalfi, and the one that produced this coin: Genoa.
Genoa was well known for having a powerful navy and a strong tradition of shipbuilding and maritime trade. The republic played a significant role in the Crusades, contributing heavily to the establishment of European colonies across the Middle East and Northern Africa. The city would also become home to the famous (or infamous) explorer Christopher Columbus—though he would not be born for another 50 years after these coins were struck, the city's maritime culture likely had a strong influence on his upbringing.
This Genoese minuto coin was minted under French occupation of Genoa, during the reign of Charles VI (1396 - 1409). They measure approximately 14mm in diameter and were struck from a sliver alloy known as billon. The obverse depicts a Cross with fleur-de-lis in one of the angle, while the reverse depicts a stylized gate.
Each coin has been inspected by an ANA Certified numismatist and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
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A painting showing the port and fleet of Genoa in the 14th century.
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One Genoese minuto coin from the reign of Charles VI (1396 - 1409)
- Glass top leather display box
- Detail card with relevant information about the relic
- Certificate of Authenticity
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