Ionian Islands: Coin Type Quarter Obol - detailed information

Ionian Islands: Coin Type Quarter Obol (issued 1821 - 1821)
Coin TypeQuarter 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.

Obverse

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
Reverse

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
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Quarter Obol: Details
CountryIonian Islands
CurrencyIonian Obol
Sub-type ofOne Lepton
From1821
To1821
Face Value1 (x Lepton)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1864)
MaterialCopper
DesignerWilliam Wyon
TechnologyHammered
ShapeRound
Size (mm)19
Mass (g)1