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Coin: Thirty Lepta 1852

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).

CountryIonian Islands CurrencyIonian Obol
Face value30 (x Lepton) TypeThirty Lepta
Year1852 CurrentNo (demonetised 1864)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark unknown
Material0.925 Silver DesignerWilliam Wyon
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)16 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)1.4000

At centre within an oak wreath, 30; around above, ΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ (Ionian State, in Greek). Below, the date 1852 (no dot after).

Obverse inscription ΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ 1852

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

Reverse inscription


EdgePlain Edge inscription


Thirty Lepta 1852: Known varieties
Proof unknown
Thirty Lepta 1852: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsIonian Islands / British Administration KM# 35
Thirty Lepta 1852: References to Information Used
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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List of all (7) coins of type: Ionian Islands / Thirty Lepta
Thirty Lepta 1834 Thirty Lepta 1848 Thirty Lepta 1849 Thirty Lepta 1851 Thirty Lepta 1852 Thirty Lepta 1857
Thirty Lepta 1862