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[a] 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 brass €50 €15 €10 €5
2008 2 1 1 1 1
2009 2 1 1 1 1
2010 2 1 1 1 1
2011 2 1 1 1 1
2012 2 1 1 1 1
2013 7 3 4 1 1 4 1
2014 9 3 5 1 1 1 5 2
2015 8 4 4 1 1 4 2
2016 3 1 2 1 2
Total 37 16 20 1 9 3 20 5


2008 Coinage[edit]

Mtsilver08.jpg Auberge de Castille[1]
Designer: Royal Dutch Mint 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[2]

Market Value: €46–€54[3][4][5]

Auberge de Castille[1]
Designer: Royal Dutch Mint 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[2]

Market Value: €290–€390[6][7]

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.[8]

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.[9] 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.png Castellania[10]
Designer: Royal Dutch Mint 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[10]
Designer: Royal Dutch Mint 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.[11]

2010 Coinage[edit]

Auberge d'Italie[12]
Designer: Royal Dutch Mint Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Face Value: €10 Alloy: Ag 925 (Silver) Quantity: 12,500 Quality: Proof
Issued: 2010 Diameter: 38.61 mm (1.52 in) Weight: 28.28 g (1.00 oz; 0.91 ozt) Issue price: €44


Market Value: Unknown

Auberge d'Italie[12]
Designer: Royal Dutch Mint Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Face Value: €50 Alloy: Au 916 (Gold) Quantity: 3,000 Quality: Proof
Issued: 2010 Diameter: 21 mm (0.83 in) Weight: 6.5 g (0.23 oz; 0.21 ozt) Issue price: €269


Market Value: Unknown

Auberge d'Italie was built in the 16th century to house Italian knights of the Order of St. John. It was refurbished and renovated a number of times, and its façade was rebuilt the 1680s, during the magistracy of Gregorio Carafa. After the Order was expelled from Malta in 1798, the auberge was used by the French and British militaries. In the 20th century, it housed a museum, a school, a courthouse, a post office and a number of government offices. Since 2002, it has housed the Ministry of Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority.

The obverse of the coins show the Emblem of Malta with the year of issue 2010. The reverse shows the centrepiece of the auberge's façade, including a bust of Carafa. The 'Europa Star', which is the official logo of the programme, is also shown on the reverse side of the coins.

2011 Coinage[edit]

Phoenician Explorers[13]
Designer: Royal Dutch Mint Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Face Value: €10 Alloy: Ag 925 (Silver) Quantity: 10,000 Quality: Proof
Issued: 2011 Diameter: 38.61 mm (1.52 in) Weight: 28.28 g (1.00 oz; 0.91 ozt) Issue price:


Market Value: Unknown

Phoenician Explorers[13]
Designer: Royal Dutch Mint Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Face Value: €50 Alloy: Au 916 (Gold) Quantity: 2,000 Quality: Proof
Issued: 2011 Diameter: 21 mm (0.83 in) Weight: 6.5 g (0.23 oz; 0.21 ozt) Issue price:


Market Value: Unknown

2012 Coinage[edit]

Antonio Sciortino[14]
Designer: Noel Galea Bason Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Face Value: €10 Alloy: Ag 925 (Silver) Quantity: 10,000 Quality: Proof
Issued: 2012 Diameter: 38.61 mm (1.52 in) Weight: 28.28 g (1.00 oz; 0.91 ozt) Issue price:


Market Value: Unknown

Antonio Sciortino[14]
Designer: Noel Galea Bason Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Face Value: €50 Alloy: Au 916 (Gold) Quantity: 2,000 Quality: Proof
Issued: 2012 Diameter: 21 mm (0.83 in) Weight: 6.5 g (0.23 oz; 0.21 ozt) Issue price:


Market Value: Unknown

2013 Coinage[edit]

Dun Karm Psaila[15]
Designer: Noel Galea Bason Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Face Value: €10 Alloy: Ag 925 (Silver) Quantity: 10,000 Quality: Proof
Issued: 2013 Diameter: 38.61 mm (1.52 in) Weight: 28.28 g (1.00 oz; 0.91 ozt) Issue price:


Market Value: Unknown

Dun Karm Psaila[15]
Designer: Noel Galea Bason Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Face Value: €50 Alloy: Au 916 (Gold) Quantity: 2,000 Quality: Proof
Issued: 2013 Diameter: 21 mm (0.83 in) Weight: 6.5 g (0.23 oz; 0.21 ozt) Issue price:


Market Value: Unknown

Grand Master Emmanuel Pinto[16]
Designer: Luc Luycx Mint: Royal Belgian Mint
Face Value: €10 Alloy: Ag 925 (Silver) Quantity: 2,000 Quality: Proof
Issued: 2013 Diameter: 38.61 mm (1.52 in) Weight: 28.28 g (1.00 oz; 0.91 ozt) Issue price:


Market Value: Unknown

The Picciolo[17]
Designer: Royal Dutch Mint Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Face Value: €5 Alloy: Au 585 (Gold) Quantity: 10,000 Quality: Proof
Issued: 2013 Diameter: 11 mm (0.43 in) Weight: 0.5 g (0.02 oz; 0.02 ozt) Issue price:


Market Value: Unknown

Auberge de Provence[18]
Designer: Noel Galea Bason Mint: Royal Belgian Mint
Face Value: €10 Alloy: Ag 925 (Silver) Quantity: 5,000 Quality: Proof
Issued: 2013 Diameter: 33 mm (1.30 in) Weight: 18.75 g (0.66 oz; 0.60 ozt) Issue price:


Market Value: Unknown

Auberge de Provence[18]
Designer: Noel Galea Bason Mint: Royal Belgian Mint
Face Value: €50 Alloy: Au 999 (Gold) Quantity: 2,500 Quality: Proof
Issued: 2013 Diameter: 14 mm (0.55 in) Weight: 1.25 g (0.04 oz; 0.04 ozt) Issue price:


Market Value: Unknown

Sir Paul Boffa[19]
Designer: Noel Galea Bason Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Face Value: €10 Alloy: Ag 925 (Silver) Quantity: 2,500 Quality: Proof
Issued: 2013 Diameter: 38.61 mm (1.52 in) Weight: 28.28 g (1.00 oz; 0.91 ozt) Issue price:


Market Value: Unknown

2014 Coinage[edit]

  • Europa Programme 2014 with the theme 'European Composers' - Maestro Charles Camilleri
  • The Zecchino
  • First World War Centenary
  • Auberge d'Aragon
  • Malta Independence 50th Anniversary
  • 40th Anniversary of the Republic of Malta

2015 Coinage[edit]

  • 400th Anniversary of the Wignacourt Aqueduct
  • Bush-Gorbachev Malta Summit
  • Pope John Paul II
  • Auberge de Bavière
  • 450th Anniversary of the Great Siege of Malta
  • One-third farthing

2016 Coinage[edit]

Antonio Sciortino[20]
Designer: Noel Galea Bason Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Face Value: €10 Alloy: Ag 925 (Silver) Quantity: 3,000 Quality: Proof
Issued: 2016 Diameter: 38.61 mm (1.52 in) Weight: 28.28 g (1.00 oz; 0.91 ozt) Issue price:


Market Value: Unknown

Antonio Sciortino[20]
Designer: Noel Galea Bason Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Face Value: €50 Alloy: Au 916 (Gold) Quantity: 1,000 Quality: Proof
Issued: 2016 Diameter: 21 mm (0.83 in) Weight: 6.5 g (0.23 oz; 0.21 ozt) Issue price:


Market Value: Unknown

450th anniversary of the foundation of Valletta[21]
Designer: Noel Galea Bason Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Face Value: €10 Alloy: Ag 925 (Silver) Quantity: 3,000 Quality: Proof
Issued: 2016 Diameter: 38.61 mm (1.52 in) Weight: 28.28 g (1.00 oz; 0.91 ozt) Issue price:


Market Value: Unknown

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.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Collectors' Coins - Auberge de Castille". Central Bank of Malta. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  3. ^ "2008 Malta €10 Silver Prf "Auberge de Castille"". muntplats.nl. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  4. ^ "2008 Malta €10 Silver Prf "Auberge de Castille"". The Euro Coins Store. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  5. ^ "2008 Malta €10 Silver Prf "Auberge de Castille"". Royal Scandinavian Mint. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  6. ^ "2008 Malta €50 Gold Proof "Auberge de Castille"". muntplats.nl. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  7. ^ "2008 Malta €50 Gold Proof "Auberge de Castille"". Royal Scandinavian Mint. Retrieved 2008-10-06. [dead link]
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  9. ^ "Maltese Euro Coins Collection". Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
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  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 2, 2011. Retrieved June 22, 2009. 
  12. ^ a b "Europa Programme 2010 with the theme of 'Cultural Heritage' – Auberge d'Italie". Central Bank of Malta. Archived from the original on 26 March 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Europa Programme 2011 with the theme 'Explorers' – Phoenician explorers". Central Bank of Malta. Archived from the original on 9 December 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "Europa Programme 2012 with the theme 'European Artists' – Antonio Sciortino (1879–1947)". Central Bank of Malta. Archived from the original on 9 December 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "Europa Programme 2013 with the theme 'European Writers' – Dun Karm Psaila". Central Bank of Malta. Archived from the original on 9 December 2015. 
  16. ^ "Grand Master Emmanuel Pinto". Central Bank of Malta. Archived from the original on 9 December 2015. 
  17. ^ "The Picciolo". Central Bank of Malta. Archived from the original on 9 December 2015. 
  18. ^ a b "Auberge de Provence". Central Bank of Malta. Archived from the original on 9 December 2015. 
  19. ^ "Sir Paul Boffa". Central Bank of Malta. Archived from the original on 9 December 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "Modern 20th century 'Dangerous Sport' – Antonio Sciortino". Central Bank of Malta. Archived from the original on 8 July 2016. 
  21. ^ "450th anniversary of the foundation of Valletta". Central Bank of Malta. Archived from the original on 8 July 2016.