Ionian Islands: Coin Type Thirty Lepta - detailed information

Ionian Islands: Coin Type Thirty Lepta (issued 1834 - 1862)
Coin TypeThirty Lepta

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).

Obverse

At centre within an oak wreath, 30; around above, ΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ (Ionian State, in Greek). Below, the date.

Obverse InscriptionΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ
Reverse

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

Reverse InscriptionBRITANNIA
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

References to additional information:

[Book] Atkins, James. 1889. The Coins and Tokens of the Possessions and Colonies of the British Empire. pp 19-20
[Book] Pridmore, Fred. 1960. The Coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations Part 1, European Territories.
[Book] Remick, Jerome. 1971. The Guide Book and Catalogue to British Commonwealth Coins., pp 392-394

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Thirty Lepta: Details
CountryIonian Islands
CurrencyIonian Obol
From1834
To1862
Face Value30 (x Lepton)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1864)
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerWilliam Wyon
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationReversed (Coin Alignment, Axis 6)
Size (mm)16
Mass (g)1.4000
Thirty Lepta: Photos
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Proof Coin - 30 Lepta, Ionian Islands, Greece, 1862
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Notes: Proof.
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Proof Coin - 30 Lepta, Ionian Islands, Greece, 1862
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Proof.
Source