Venice is known as the birthplace of the ducat (Latin for duke). By late 13th century, with Venice controlling the trade throughout the Mediterranean, they wanted to consolidate and further increase their power and influence. The ducat became a coin that allowed any nation of the world to trade with another and have a uniform method of payment. The gold ducat specifications were the same; 3.5 grams of .986 gold. Because of its consistency, the gold ducat captured the trust of all nations for over 700 years. Such a coin allowed trade to flow freely and easily and greatly facilitate payment for goods. This gold artifact features Christ in a field of stars and is hand set in an 18kt gold pendant.