Greece 1869-BB 10 lepta

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Sincona sale 6, lot 1302
This specimen was part of lot 1302 in Sincona sale 6 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 80 CHF (about US$98 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"GRIECHENLAND Georg I. 1863-1913. 10 Lepta 1869 und 1 Lepton 1869, Strassburg. Vorzüglich. (Greece, George I, 1863-1913, ten lepta and one lepton of 1869, Strasbourg mint. Extremely fine.)"
This type is listed for 1869-70 and is one of the few issues of nineteenth century Greece that is common. Drachmai struck 1868 and later were minted to the standard of a French silver franc. Greece, poor, backward, corrupt and riven by feuds, could ill afford a substantial silver coinage.

Recorded mintage: 14,994,000.

Specification: 10 g, copper.

Catalog reference: Divo 59a, KM 43.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 6, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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