Thirty Lepta 1857, Coin from Ionian Islands - detailed information

Thirty Lepta 1857, Coin from Ionian Islands (demonetised 1864)
CoinThirty Lepta 1857

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 Mint MarkNo mint mark Mintageunknown

At centre within an oak wreath, the value 30; around above, ΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ (Ionian State, in Greek). Below, the date 1857 (no dot after).

Obverse Inscription 30 ΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ 1857

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

Reverse Inscription BRITANNIA
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Thirty Lepta 1857: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage unknown

Listed in Atkins 1889. Not listed in later sources.

Thirty Lepta 1857: References to Information Used
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Thirty Lepta 1857: Details
CountryIonian Islands
CurrencyIonian Obol
Coin TypeThirty Lepta
Face Value30 (x Lepton)
CurrentNo; demonetised 1864
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerWilliam Wyon
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size (mm)16
Mass (g)1.4000
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Thirty Lepta 1857: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsIonian Islands / British Administration KM# 35