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CountryGreece
FromMay 1827
To9 October 1831
Personal InformationCount Ioannis Antonios Kapodistrias (1776 - 1831)
Description

Count Ioannis Antonios Kapodistrias, sometimes anglicized as John Capodistrias (Greek: Κόμης Ιωάννης Αντώνιος Καποδίστριας Komis Ioannis Antonios Kapodistrias; Russian: граф Иоанн Каподистрия Graf Ioann Kapodistriya; Italian: Giovanni Antonio Capodistria Conte Capo d'Istria), was a Greek statesmen who served as the Foreign Minister of the Russian Empire and was one of the most distinguished politicians and diplomats of Europe. After a long career in European politics and diplomacy he was elected as the first head of state of independent Greece (1827–31). He is considered as the founder of the modern Greek state, and of Greek independence.

During his term as Governor of Greece, Ioannis Kapodistrias introduced the first currency of the modern Greek state, the phoenix (Greek: φοίνιξ). The name was that of the mythical phoenix bird and was meant to symbolize the rebirth of Greece during the still ongoing Greek War of Independence. Although he was not monarch, the coins carried the name of Ioannis Kapodistrias on the obverse.

List of 11 coins issued in reign: Greece / Ιωάννης Καποδίστριας (Ioannis Kapodistrias)
NameMintageEffigy
One Lepton 1828 480,000
Five Lepta 1828 400,000
Ten Lepta 1828 450,000
One Phoenix 1828 12,000
One Lepton 1830 426,000
Five Lepta 1830 380,000
Ten Lepta 1830 1,234,000
One Lepton 1831 612,000
Five Lepta 1831 22,000
Ten Lepta 1831 1,223,000
Twenty Lepta 1831 2,273,000