½ Scudo d'oro - Guglielmo Gonzaga


Issuer Duchy of Mantua (Italian states)
Duke William I (1550-1587)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1550-1555
Value ½ Scudo
Currency Scudo
Composition Gold
Weight 1.67 g
Diameter 18 mm
Shape Round
Technique Hammered
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 117589
References Fr# 532a
Arthur L. Friedberg, Ira S. Friedberg, Robert Friedberg; 2017. Gold Coins of the World : From Ancient Times to the Present (9th edition). Coin & Currency Institute, Williston, Vermont, United States.


Crowned arms

Script: Latin

Lettering: GVLIE·DVX· ·MAN·M·M·F

Translation: William, Duke of Mantova and Marquess of Monferrato


St. Adrian of Nicomedia standing holding palm frond with hand resting upon a column inscribed

Script: Latin



From Heritage Auction 3056 Catalog:
"The reverse depiction of St. Adrian on this coin, while not unique in the coinage of Mantua, is highly unusual. Typically, St. Adrian is depicted handing a Ciborium to a kneeling St. Longinus while dressed in robes, not in the armor of a Praetorian guardsman. This portrait style is found on only one other coin that we have been able to locate, a Grossetto also issued by Guglielmo Gonzaga (cf. MIR-521).  ...  One of the altarpieces in the chapel of the Ducal Palace commissioned by Guglielmo features the martyrdom of St. Adrian, presumably the reason this saint is somewhat more prominent in the coinage of this duke than his predecessors."

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