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The Doge of Venice.

Date: March 15, 2024

Alvise II Mocenigo 1700-1709.

Doge alvise mocenigo
Italian States - Venetia (Venice).
Under the Rule of Alvise II Mocenigo.
He was a member of the renowned patrician family Mocenigo. Born in 1628 to senator Alvise Morenigo and Adriana Mocenigo, and great-grandnephew of Alvise I.
Alvise II Mocenigo was elected to be the next Doge by the Great Council on 17th July 1700 and became the 110th Doge of Venice until he died at the age of 81.
The Doge of Venice was the name given to the leaders of the Venetian Republic for over one thousand years. In the early years, they wielded almost absolute power, but over time, their power was diminished, by the Councils of Venice.
After the election, the council maintained full control over their doge, he was only allowed to leave the Doge's Palace to attend to state affairs. As the doge, he had to cease all private business and was not allowed to accept gifts, and had to consult with his advisors on all actions and decisions. He was not even allowed to read letters addressed to him without the presence of a doge advisor.

1 Zacchino 1700-09. (Venetian Ducat).

Third coin from the left and pictured at the start of this article.

Obverse: St. Mark the Evangelist patron saint of Venice,  who is depicted with a beard and halo, standing facing right and wrapped in a large cloak while holding the Gospel with his left hand.  The Doge knelling to his right, wears  a fur-trimmed cloak and the ducal cap, under a banner with a cross on top, besides which in vertical letters "DUX". Doge Alvise II Mocenigo is the highest official of the Republic of Venice. Legend: ALOY MOCENI - S·M·VENET· Reverse: Full-length facing figure of Christ in beaded ellipse lined with stars. Legend: SIT·T·XPE. DAT.Q.TV REGIS·ISTE·DVCA. "Christ, let this duchy that you rule be given to you". The Design of these coins remained unchanged for over 500 years from 1284 to the fall of the Republic of Venice in 1797. Mint: Zacca mint of Venice from which the coin gets its name from 1543, originally named Ducat. Catalogue: Friedberg 1358.

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