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Coin: One Obol 1819
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).

The Obol was equivalent to an English halfpenny and is listed as a Halfpenny in some sources.

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
Face value1 (x Obol) TypeOne Obol
Year1819 CurrentNo (demonetised 1864)
Mintage8,279,040 (8.3 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark unknown
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) No mint mark unknown
MaterialCopper DesignerWilliam Wyon
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)28 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)9.4500
Obverse

Winged lion of St. Mark facing to left holding Bible and seven arrows; below, the date 1819. (with a dot after); around above, ΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ (Ionian State, in Greek).

Obverse inscription ΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ 1819.
Reverse

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

Reverse inscription

BRITANNIA

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Notes

Listed as "Halfpenny" or "5 Oboli" in Atkins 1889.

Some sources indicate some of the coins were minted in Birmingham, but do not indicate a mint mark or list separate mintage.

One Obol 1819: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof unknown
Proof (Medal alignment) unknown
Proof (Silver) unknown (hover mouse for text)
Error: Ceylon mule unknown (hover mouse for text)
W.W. in exergue unknown (hover mouse for text)
One Obol 1819: Photos
One Obol 1819: Photo Coin - 1 Obol, Ionian Islands, Greece, 1819
Coin - 1 Obol, Ionian Islands, Greece, 1819
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One Obol 1819: Photo Coin - 1 Obol, Ionian Islands, Greece, 1819
Coin - 1 Obol, Ionian Islands, Greece, 1819
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One Obol 1819: Photo Ionian Islands 1819 obol
Ionian Islands 1819 obol
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One Obol 1819: Photo Ionian Islands 1819 obol
Ionian Islands 1819 obol
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One Obol 1819: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsIonian Islands / British Administration KM# 32
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsIonian Islands KM# Pn1 (Error: Ceylon mule)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsIonian Islands KM# Pn3 (Silver proof)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsIonian Islands KM# Pn4 (W.W. in exergue)
One Obol 1819: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Atkins, Coins and Tokens of the British Empire 1889 Coin description
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Atkins, Coins and Tokens of the British Empire 1889 Varieties Proof, Error: Ceylon mule
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof, Silver proof, Error: Ceylon mule, W.W. in exergue
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof (Medal alignment)
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One Obol 1819: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - 1 Obol, Ionian Islands, Greece, 1819 Ionian Islands 1819 obol - CoinFactsWiki
Powerhouse Museum Collection: Ionian Islands (British Protectorate). One Obolus, 1849
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