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Detailed information about coin type: Quarter Obol from Ionian Islands:

Coin type: Quarter Obol

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 (singular Lepton), so the first Lepton coin of 1821 is listed in some sources as a "Quarter Obol". The denomination was indicated on the coin by the number 4, indicating "one fourth". This one-year type was struck locally and was relatively crude.

According to Remick's Guide and Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins, they were overstruck on Turkish planchets; Krause says the host coins were Venetian.

CountryIonian Islands CurrencyIonian Obol
Sub-type ofOne Lepton Sub-types
Face value1 (x Lepton)
Year produced1821 CurrentNo (demonetised 1864)
MaterialCopper DesignerWilliam Wyon
Production technologyHammered ShapeRound
Size (mm)19 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)1

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

Figure of Britannia seated facing right with shield and trident; above, BRITANNIA. The number 4 in exergue indicates 1/4 of an obol.

Reverse inscriptionBRITANNIA 4
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
List of 1 coins of type: Quarter Obol from Ionian Islands
One Lepton 1821 unknown ΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ 1821
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