Hoard of Italian Renaissance Silver Coins found on Greek Island

· archaeology, discoveries, hoard, treasure
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A hoard of fifty something Venetian, 14th century, silver coins in a small pot has been found by construction workers at Sagri on Naxos. Naxos was one of the Greek islands ruled by Venice from the 15th century to the early 18th century and the largest island (429 km2 (166 sq mi)) in the Cyclades island group in the Aegean. It was the centre of archaic Cycladic culture.

The coins bear the likeness of the democratically elected leaders (Doges) of the Republic of Venice, which was one of the maritime superpowers of the Italian Renaissance. The coins date from the reigns of Giovanni Soranzo (1329-1339), Bartolomeo Gradenigo (1339-1342) and Andrea Dandolo (1343-1354).

Sources:

http://www.ntn24.com/news/news/650-year-old-venetian-silver-c-11965

http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/TechandScience/Story/STIStory_782554.html

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_27/03/2012_434995
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http://greece.greekreporter.com/2012/03/29/priceless-venetian-coins-found-on-naxos-island/

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