|Coin||Two Lepta 1820|
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 1820. (with a dot after); around above, ΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ (Ionian State, in Greek).
|Obverse Inscription||ΙΟΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΡΑΤΟΣ 1820.|
Figure of Britannia seated facing left with shield and trident; above, BRITANNIA.
Listed as "Farthing" or "2 1/2 Oboli" in Atkins 1889. Atkins also lists a bronze proof, not mentioned elsewhere.
Mintage includes the Two Lepta (Half Obol) coins minted in 1819 too.
|Atkins, Coins and Tokens of the British Empire||1889||Coin description|
|Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins||1971||Mint|
|Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins||1971||Mintage|
|Atkins, Coins and Tokens of the British Empire||1889||Varieties||Proof|
|Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins||1971||Varieties||Proof|
|Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins||Ionian Islands / British Administration KM# 31|