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Gold Zecchino (Obverse)

A number of the coins from the collection at Palazzo Falson belong to the time of the Order of St. John, and the above example is a rare gold zecchino of Grand Master Martino Garzes, who reigned between 1595 and 1601.  The obverse of the coin features St. John presenting the banner of the Order to the kneeling Grand Master, and the reverse bears an image of Christ enclosed within an oval of pellets.



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