2 Oboli, Issued by Ionian Islands, Greece, 1819
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Winged lion of St. Mark facing to left holding Bible and seven arrows; below, 1819; around above in Greek, IONIKON KPATOS
Britannia seated facing left; W.WYON at centre of ground line in tiny letters; above, BRITANNIA
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)
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Type of item
33.5 mm (Outside Diameter), 19 g (Weight)
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2006. Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900.
[Book] Pridmore, Fred. 1960. The Coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations Part 1, European Territories.