A “coinage” used in The Middle Ages, The Ducat was a Venetian Gold coin first minted in 1284. It weighed 3.56 grams and was pure Gold. It did not suffer debasement and continued in circulation until 1797. The Ducat was the dominant Gold coinage of most of The Mediterranean and Europe. Often, other minted coins from other Countries were erroneously called “Ducats” to to their same weight and Gold content.