One Lepton 1821, Coin from Ionian Islands - detailed information

One Lepton 1821, Coin from Ionian Islands (demonetised 1864)
CoinOne Lepton 1821

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.

MintGaritsa Mintageunknown
Obverse

Winged lion of St. Mark facing to left holding Bible and seven arrows; below, the date 1821; around above, ΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ (Ionian State, in Greek).

Obverse Inscription ΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ 1821
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 Inscription BRITANNIA
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Not listed in Atkins 1889.

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One Lepton 1821: Details
CountryIonian Islands
CurrencyIonian Obol
Coin TypeQuarter Obol
Issued1821
Face Value1 (x Lepton)
Mintageunknown
CurrentNo (demonetised 1864)
MaterialCopper
DesignerWilliam Wyon
TechnologyHammered
ShapeRound
Size (mm)19
Mass (g)1
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One Lepton 1821: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsIonian Islands / British Administration KM# 30