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15 soldi
General information

23px Crema
Flag of Most Serene Republic of Venice Republic of Venice


15.00 soldi


c. 1514

Measurements and composition

30 × 30 mm




n/a; uniface


Lion of Saint Mark



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The 15 soldo coin is a reported siege coin minted around 1514 by the Italian city of Crema, at the time part of the Republic of Venice. It was issued during a period of siege by the Duchy of Milan under Maximilian Sforza (1493–1530) in the latter part of the War of the League of Cambrai (1508–1516). The lack of evidence supporting the coin's existence has caused many authorities to disbelieve or doubt it was ever produced. Krause Publications suggests the coin to be possibly unique.

The coin is described as having a height and width of 30 millimeters and being composed of silver. Featured in the center of the obverse is what is described as a circular border measuring 14 millimeters in diameter. Inside this border is the Lion of Saint Mark, a symbol of Saint Mark (1st century–68 AD) in the form of a winged lion that was used by the Republic of Venice. The reverse of this uniface coin is reported to be blank.


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