Andrea Gritti, Doge of Venice 1523-1538
Fr-1246, PCGS-graded MS-63
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. A charming ducat with gorgeous gold patina.
Andrea Gritti was one of the more distinguished and successful Doges. He avoided any European entanglements, yet did defend Venice against the advancing Turks in 1537.