Ionian Islands 1849 30 lepta

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Sincona sale 39, lot 3676
This specimen was lot 3676 in Sincona sale 39 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 200 CHF (about US$240 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Ionische Inseln, Unter britischer Verwaltung, 1809-1863 30 Lepta 1849. Mit Punkt nach der Jahreszahl. Fast vorzüglich. Kleiner Stempelfehler. (Ionian island, under British occupation, 1809-63, thirty lepta of 1849, with point near the date. About extremely fine. Minor die defect.)"
This type is listed for 1834 and 1848-62 and, like most of the issues of nineteenth century Greece, is scarce. Despite the substantial mintage, this type is scarce in nice condition. It was struck to the standard of a British threepence. The Ionian Islands, long contested by the Venetians and 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: 338,000 for 1848-62.

Specification: 1.41 g, .925 fine silver, this specimen 1.39 g.

Catalog reference: KM 35.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Jürg Richter, Auction 39, World coins and medals, coins and medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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