Detailed information about Coin: Thirty Lepta 1851 from Ionian Islands
The Obol was equivalent to an English halfpenny and was (after 1834) subdivided into 5 Lepta, so the Thirty Lepta coin was equal to three pennies and is listed as "Three Pence" in some sources.
Coins were minted at the Royal Mint in London and, unlike the rest of the Ionian coinage (or comparable British coinage for that matter), they display the denomination. Total mintage from 1848 through 1862 was 330,720; no mintage figures for individual years are available.
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.
Composition: 0.925 silver (0.0419 oz ASW).
|Country||Ionian Islands||Currency||Ionian Obol|
|Face value||30 (x Lepton)||Type||Thirty Lepta|
|Year||1851||Current||No (demonetised 1864)|
|Material||0.925 Silver||Designer||William Wyon|
|Production technology||Milled (machine-made)||Shape||Round|
|Size (mm)||16||Thickness (mm)|
At centre within an oak wreath, 30; around above, ΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ (Ionian State, in Greek). Below, the date 1851 (no dot after).
|Obverse inscription||ΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ 1851|
Figure of Britannia seated facing right with shield and trident; above, BRITANNIA.
|Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins||Ionian Islands / British Administration KM# 35|
|Atkins, Coins and Tokens of the British Empire||1889||Coin description|
|Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins||1971||Mint|
|Atkins, Coins and Tokens of the British Empire||1889||Varieties||Proof|
|Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins||1971||Varieties||Proof|
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|Thirty Lepta 1834||Thirty Lepta 1848||Thirty Lepta 1849||Thirty Lepta 1851||Thirty Lepta 1852||Thirty Lepta 1857|
|Thirty Lepta 1862|