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Research Coins: Printed Auction

Sale: Triton VI, Lot: 1276. Estimate $750. 
Closing Date: Monday, 13 January 2003. 
Sold For $500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ISLAMIC DYNASTIES. Ottomans. Countermark on Ducat of Venice. Early 18th century. Struck on Bertucci Valier, 1656-1658. AV Ducat (3.47 gm). Christ in Glory / S M VENET BERT VALERI DVX, Doge kneeling before St. Mark; countermark "Sahih"-"genuine" in incuse square. For countermark see Ives p.25 and pl. V, 1; MWI 2374; for coin: Scarfea 899. Countermark EF, host coin VF. ($750)

The countermark validated this coin for circulation as an ashrafi in the Islamic world, and is known on ducats dating into the early 18th century.