Thirty Lepta 1862, Coin from Ionian Islands - detailed information

Thirty Lepta 1862, Coin from Ionian Islands (demonetised 1864)
CoinThirty Lepta 1862

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
Obverse
Ionian Islands / Thirty Lepta 1862 - obverse photo

At centre within an oak wreath, the value 30; around above, ΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ (Ionian State, in Greek). Below, the date 1862 (no dot after).

Obverse Inscription 30 ΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ 1862
Reverse
Ionian Islands / Thirty Lepta 1862 - reverse photo

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

Reverse Inscription BRITANNIA
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Thirty Lepta 1862: Known varieties
Variety Error: Mule with 1 Lepton
Mintage unknown
Details

Dr. Howat acquired this coin at the closure of the Sydney Mint in 1926. It had formed part of the Mint's exhibit at the 1879-80 Sydney International Exhibition being provided to the Mint by the Royal Mint, London for that purpose. It is conjectured that in preparing the coin for the Sydney Exhibition an incorrect die, that for the 1 lepton, was employed. An example was not retained by the Royal Mint.

Not listed in catalogues.

Variety Proof
Mintage unknown
Details

Not listed in catalogues except Atkins 1889. However, Museum Victoria in Melbourne has at least two specimens acquired from the Melbourne branch of the Royal Mint.

Thirty Lepta 1862: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Atkins, Coins and Tokens of the British Empire 1889 Coin description
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Atkins, Coins and Tokens of the British Empire 1889 Varieties Proof
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Varieties link Proof, Error: Mule with 1 Lepton
Thirty Lepta 1862: Details
CountryIonian Islands
CurrencyIonian Obol
Coin TypeThirty Lepta
Issued1862
Face Value30 (x Lepton)
Mintageunknown
CurrentNo (demonetised 1864)
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerWilliam Wyon
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationReversed (Coin Alignment, Axis 6)
Size (mm)16
Mass (g)1.4000
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Thirty Lepta 1862: 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
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Notes: Proof.
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Coin - 30 Lepta, Ionian Islands, Greece, 1862
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Coin - 30 Lepta, Ionian Islands, Greece, 1862
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Pattern Coin - 30 Lepta, Ionian Islands, Greece, 1862
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Notes: Mule with 1 Lepton.
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Pattern Coin - 30 Lepta, Ionian Islands, Greece, 1862
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Notes: Mule with 1 Lepton.
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Thirty Lepta 1862: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsIonian Islands / British Administration KM# 35