Origin: These tornesello coins were minted by various rulers of the Republic of Venice during the High Middle Ages (approximately the 14th to 15th century CE). These rulers were called Doges, which is sometimes translated as "dukes." The coins depict a cross on the obverse side and a winged lion on the reverse.
The Republic of Venice was a sovereign maritime republic that existed from 697 to 1797 CE, centered on the city of Venice in modern day Italy. The republic prospered through trade, and quickly expanded its borders to include territories as far south as Greece along the Mediterranean Coast.
The tornesello was introduced in 1353 to feed the demand for coinage in Venice's overseas colonies. They contain significantly less silver than earlier coins, and are made of a debased silver alloy called billon.
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