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Medal in Numismatica Ars Classica auction marks Venetian victory over pirates

A silver medallic coin being offered in Dec. 5 auction recalls the ongoing threat of piracy to the Venetian economy. The silver osella (which weighs 9.77 grams and was equal to 78 soldi) depicts a Venetian warship on the obverse, cannon firing at a vessel flying the Turkish flag. This was a not-so-subtle reference to the Barbary Pirates who dominated the Mediterranean Sea for centuries.

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