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Coin type: Two Lepta
Description

The United States of the Ionian Islands was formed on 14 November 1815 and was made up of seven principal islands: Corfu, Cephalonia, Zante, Santa Maura, Ithaca, Cerigo and Paxo. These islands are represented by the seven arrows held by the winged lion of St. Mark (a Venetian symbol reflecting the Venetian control of the islands from 1401 until 1797).

Initially the Obol was subdivided into four Lepta, so the first coins of two Lepta are listed in some sources as a "Half Obol" or "Farthing" (one obol being equivalent to an English halfpenny, half of that was equal to a farthing).

Coins were minted at the Royal Mint in London and, like the rest of the coinage with the exception of the 30 Lepta coins, do not indicate the denomination in any way.

On some coins there is a dot after the date and on some there isn't. However, this doesn't seem to be a mint mark. According to Remick's Guide and Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins, some of the Ionian coinage was struck at the Ralph Heaton and Sons mint in Birmingham, but there is no indication which. The Greek Wikipedia entry on Ionian coinage only shows Birmingham one Obol (five Lepta) coins.

CountryIonian Islands CurrencyIonian Obol
Sub-type of Sub-types
Face value2 (x Lepton)
Years produced1819 - 1820 CurrentNo (demonetised 1864)
MaterialCopper DesignerWilliam Wyon
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)21.8000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)4.7200
Obverse

Winged lion of St. Mark facing to left holding Bible and seven arrows; below, the date; around above, ΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ (Ionian State, in Greek).

Obverse inscriptionΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ
Reverse

Figure of Britannia seated facing left with shield and trident; above, BRITANNIA.

Reverse inscriptionBRITANNIA
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

References to additional information:

[Book] Atkins, James. 1889. The Coins and Tokens of the Possessions and Colonies of the British Empire. pp 19-20
[Book] Pridmore, Fred. 1960. The Coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations Part 1, European Territories.
[Book] Remick, Jerome. 1971. The Guide Book and Catalogue to British Commonwealth Coins., pp 392-394

Two Lepta: Photos

Coin - 2 Lepta, Ionian Islands, Greece, 1819
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Coin - 2 Lepta, Ionian Islands, Greece, 1819
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List of 2 coins of type: Two Lepta from Ionian Islands
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Two Lepta 1819 9,461,760 ΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ 1819.
Two Lepta 1820 9,461,760 ΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ 1820.