Pasquale Cicogna, Doge of Venice 1585-1595

Fr-1270, Paolinni 1, PCGS-graded MS-64

Obverse depicts St. Mark standing right presenting banner to kneeling Doge. On the reverse Christ standing facing within stars, holding the gospel and raising hand in benediction. Sharp and well centered.

Pasquale Cicogna, an able diplomat, ruled for ten years, and followed conservative practices that kept Venice out of trouble. He allied Venice with Henry Navarre of France, and convinced the Pope to support Henry for his claim to being king of France. Ironically, he is best known for converting the Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal, from wood to stone.