Pattern 30 Lepta, Issued by Ionian Islands, Greece, 1862
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Winged lion of St. Mark to left holding Bible and seven arrows; below, 1862; around above in Greek, IONIKON KPATOS
At centre within an oak wreath 30; around above in Greek, IONIKON KRATOS; below, 1862
The United States of the Ionian Islands was formed on 14 November 1815 and was made up of seven principal islands: Corfu, Cephalinia, Zante, Santa Maura, Ithica, 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).
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. The Protectorate was incorporated with the Kingdom of Greece on 14 November 1863.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Dr William Howat, 15 Mar 1976
Type of item
16 mm (Outside Diameter), 1.4 g (Weight)
Publication of this type not found
[Book] Pridmore, Fred. 1960. The Coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations Part 1, European Territories.
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2006. Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900.