Giovanni Maria Visconti, Duke of Milan 1402-1412

MIR 133; Crippa 2; Biaggi 483; Fr-680, PCGS-graded AU-58

Rare; lovely ancient patina.

An adolescent monster who came to power at age 13 under his mother’s regency, as duke of Milan he was famous for his dogs, which he trained to slaughter men on his command. He was despised by Milanese nobles, and was assassinated in front of the church of San Gottardo in Milan.