Ionian Islands 1819 2 oboli
This specimen was lot 4422 in Goldberg sale 84 (Los Angeles, January 2015), where it sold for $141. The catalog description noted, "Ionian Islands. 2 Oboli, 1819. Winged lion. Reverse: Seated Britannia. NGC graded VF-35." This type is listed for 1819 only and, like most of the issues of nineteenth century Greece, is scarce. Despite the substantial mintage, this type is scarce in nice condition. The Ionian Islands, long ruled by the Turks, were seized by the British from the French in 1809 and held by them until 1864, when they were united with Greece. The French issued coins for the "Septinsular Republic" in 1801 and the British issued coins intermittently in 1814, 1819-21 and 1834-62.
Recorded mintage: 4,140,000 plus proofs.
Catalog reference: KM-33.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 84: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2014.