Euro gold and silver commemorative coins (Malta)

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Republic of Malta
Repubblika ta' Malta
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Euro gold and silver commemorative coins are special euro coins minted and issued by member states of the Eurozone, mainly in gold and silver, although other precious metals are also used on rare occasions. Malta introduced the euro (€) on 1 January 2008. In a short time, the Central Bank of Malta has been producing both normal issues of Maltese euro coins, which are intended for circulation, and commemorative euro coins in gold and silver.

These special coins have a legal tender only in Malta, unlike the normal issues of the Maltese euro coins, which have a legal tender in every country of the Eurozone. This means that the commemorative coins made of gold and silver cannot be used as money in other countries. Furthermore, as their bullion value[1] generally vastly exceeds their face value, these coins are not intended to be used as means of payment at all—although it remains possible. For this reason, they are usually named Collectors' coins.

The coins usually commemorate the anniversaries of historical events or draw attention to current events of special importance to Malta.

Summary[edit]

The following table shows the number of coins minted per year. In the first section, the coins are grouped by the metal used, while in the second section they are grouped by their face value.

Year Issues   By metal   By face value
gold silver others €50 €10
2008 2 1 1 1 1
2009 2 1 1 1 1
Total 4 2 2 - 2 2


2008 Coinage[edit]

Mtsilver08.jpg Auberge de Castille[2]
Designer: Unknown[3] Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Face Value: €10 Alloy: Ag 925 (Silver) Quantity: 18,000 Quality: Proof
Issued: 26 August 2008 Diameter: 38.61 mm (1.52 in) Weight: 28.28 g (1.00 oz; 0.91 ozt) Issue price: €38[4]

Market Value: €46-€54[5][6][7]

Auberge de Castille[2]
Designer: Unknown[3] Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Face Value: €50 Alloy: Au 916 (Gold) Quantity: 3,000 Quality: Proof
Issued: 26 August 2008 Diameter: 21 mm (0.83 in) Weight: 6.5 g (0.23 oz; 0.21 ozt) Issue price: €185[4]

Market Value: €290-€390[8][9]

In August 2008, Malta issued its first commemorative coins denominated in euro, in both silver and gold. These coins make part of the Europa Coin Program. The theme for the year 2008 is Cultural Heritage. Both coins feature the Auberge de Castille.[10]

On the reverse the Portico of the Auberge de Castille is shown. The stately doorway to the Auberge of Castille, Leon and Portugal is a symbol of the seat of government in Malta as the Auberge now houses the Prime Minister’s office. This is the largest of all auberges at the time of the Knights (1530-1798). The building is situated at the highest point of Valletta and was built in 1574.

On the obverse the Coat of Arms of Malta is displayed. Malta’s Coat of Arms is a heraldic representation of the National flag of Malta. Above the shield is a mural crown representing the fortifications of Malta and denoting a City-state.[11] Around the shield is a wreath of two branches, of Olive and Palm, symbols of peace and traditionally associated with Malta.

2009 Coinage[edit]

Collectorscoins2009silver.gif Castellania[12]
Designer: Unknown Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Face Value: €10 Alloy: Ag 925 (Silver) Quantity: 15,000 Quality: Proof
Issued: 22 June 2009 Diameter: 38.61 mm (1.52 in) Weight: 28.28 g (1.00 oz; 0.91 ozt) Issue price: €38


Market Value: Unknown

Castellania[12]
Designer: Unknown Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Face Value: €50 Alloy: Au 916 (Gold) Quantity: 3,000 Quality: Proof
Issued: 22 June 2009 Diameter: 21 mm (0.83 in) Weight: 6.5 g (0.23 oz; 0.21 ozt) Issue price: €200


Market Value:

Architecturally, the Castellania is one of the most striking buildings in Merchants Street in Valletta. The present building is the result of a reconstruction, started in 1748 by Grand Master Emanuel Pinto, a fact ostentatiously evidenced by the eighteen crescents (sixteen around the doorway and two on the door) symbolically shown on the ornate central element of the façade, the crescent being a heraldic component of that Portuguese Grand Master’s coat-of-arms. The Castellania served to house the Civil and Criminal Tribunals of the Order and also provided accommodation for the Castellano. Since 1895 this building has housed the Medical and Public Health Head Office.

The obverse of the coins shows the Emblem of Malta with the year of issue 2009. The reverse depicts the Castellania. The 'Europa Star', which is the official logo of the programme, is also shown on the reverse side of the coins.[13]

2010 Coinage[edit]

Two coins on the Auberge d'Italie:

2011 Coinage[edit]

[16]== In the Europa 2011 (Explorers) series, two coins on the Phenicians in Malta:

2012 Coinage[edit]

2013 Coinage[edit]

Sir Paul Boffa commemorative issue;

10 Euros - portrait of Sir Paul Boffa on the reverse.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Precious metals in bulk form are known as bullion, and are traded on commodity markets. Bullion metals may be cast into ingots, or minted into coins. The defining attribute of bullion is that it is valued by its mass and purity rather than by a face value as money.
  2. ^ a b "Malta Gold & Silver Comm Coins - 2008". The €uro Collection. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  3. ^ a b Most of recent Maltese commemorative coins were designed by Noel Galea Bason, but it is uncertain if the design of this euro coin is his or not.
  4. ^ a b "Collectors' Coins - Auberge de Castille". Central Bank of Malta. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  5. ^ "2008 Malta €10 Silver Prf "Auberge de Castille"". muntplats.nl. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  6. ^ "2008 Malta €10 Silver Prf "Auberge de Castille"". The Euro Coins Store. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  7. ^ "2008 Malta €10 Silver Prf "Auberge de Castille"". Royal Scandinavian Mint. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  8. ^ "2008 Malta €50 Gold Proof "Auberge de Castille"". muntplats.nl. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  9. ^ "2008 Malta €50 Gold Proof "Auberge de Castille"". Royal Scandinavian Mint. Retrieved 2008-10-06. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Malta Coins Distribution Centre". Central Bank of Malta. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  11. ^ "Maltese Euro Coins Collection". Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Euro Coins Collection Malta". 
  13. ^ http://www.centralbankmalta.org/site/pr1main.asp?ItemId=583
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