Francesco Foscarini, Doge of Venice 1423-1457
Fr-1232, 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. “Spirited” engraving on this lovely ducat.
Foscarini, or Foscari, was the longest reigning Doge in Venetian history, ruling over 34 years. Additionally, his rule coincided with the Italian Renaissance. His reign, however, was not overly successful. He seemed to be always at war with the Visconti family of Milan. Such wars cost the state dearly and prevented any meaningful growth.