Two Lepta, Coin Type from Ionian Islands - detailed information

Two Lepta, Coin Type from Ionian Islands (issued 1819 - 1820)
Coin TypeTwo Lepta

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, so the first coins of two Lepta are listed in some sources as a "Half Obol" or "Farthing" (one obol being equivalent to an English halfpenny, half of that was equal to a farthing).

Coins were minted at the Royal Mint in London and, like the rest of the coinage with the exception of the 30 Lepta coins, do not indicate the denomination in any way.

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.


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 left with shield and trident; above, BRITANNIA.

Reverse InscriptionBRITANNIA
Edge InscriptionNone

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

All Coins of Type: Two Lepta (2)
Two Lepta: Details
CountryIonian Islands
CurrencyIonian Obol
Face Value2 (x Lepton)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1864)
DesignerWilliam Wyon
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
Size (mm)21.8000
Mass (g)4.7200
Two Lepta: Photos
Coin - 2 Lepta, Ionian Islands, Greece, 1819
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Coin - 2 Lepta, Ionian Islands, Greece, 1819
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY