Zecchino coin

The obverse and reverse designs of the Zecchino, the gold coin of Venice, typically featured distinct imagery reflecting the political and religious significance of the Republic of Venice. Here's a description of each side:

Obverse (Front):
The obverse side of the Zecchino typically depicted the image of the reigning Doge of Venice, who served as the head of state and government in the Republic of Venice.
Surrounding the Doge's portrait, there may have been inscriptions identifying the ruler by name or title, such as "DUX" (Latin for Duke) or "DOMINUS VENETIARUM" (Lord of Venice).
Additionally, symbols of Venice, such as the iconic winged lion of St. Mark, the patron saint of the city, might appear on the obverse side as well. The winged lion often held a book or scroll bearing the inscription "PAX TIBI MARCE EVANGELISTA MEVS" (Peace to you, Mark, my Evangelist).

Reverse (Back):
The reverse side of the Zecchino typically featured religious imagery, often depicting Jesus Christ or other Christian symbols.
In some variations, the reverse might depict an image of Christ standing or seated, sometimes accompanied by inscriptions such as "IESUS CHRISTUS REX REGNANTIUM" (Jesus Christ, King of Kings).
Other variations of the reverse design might include depictions of the Virgin Mary, saints, or angels, depending on the specific coin issue and the religious sentiments of the time.
Surrounding the central religious imagery, there may have been inscriptions in Latin or Greek, such as prayers, invocations, or passages from scripture, intended to convey spiritual significance.
Overall, the designs of the Zecchino coins reflected the dual authority of the Venetian state and the Catholic Church, emphasizing the close relationship between political power and religious faith in the Republic of Venice.

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