Thirty Lepta 1848, Coin from Ionian Islands - detailed information

Thirty Lepta 1848, Coin from Ionian Islands (demonetised 1864)
CoinThirty Lepta 1848

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 value (but not 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).

MintRoyal Mint Mintageunknown
Ionian Islands / Thirty Lepta 1848 - obverse photo

At centre within an oak wreath, the value 30; around above, ΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ (Ionian State, in Greek). Below, the date 1848 (no dot after).

Obverse Inscription 30 ΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ 1848.
Ionian Islands / Thirty Lepta 1848 - reverse photo

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

Reverse Inscription BRITANNIA
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone

Not listed in Atkins 1889.

Thirty Lepta 1848: References to Information Used
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Thirty Lepta 1848: Details
CountryIonian Islands
CurrencyIonian Obol
Coin TypeThirty Lepta
Face Value30 (x Lepton)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1864)
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerWilliam Wyon
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationReversed (Coin Alignment, Axis 6)
Size (mm)16
Mass (g)1.4000
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Thirty Lepta 1848: Photos
Coin - 30 Lepta, Ionian Islands, Greece, 1848
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Coin - 30 Lepta, Ionian Islands, Greece, 1848
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Thirty Lepta 1848: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsIonian Islands / British Administration KM# 35