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Central Bank of Malta : Symposium – History of coinage and launch of coin programme 2013

02/06/2013| 07:45am

On 1 February 2013, the Central Bank of Malta hosted a symposium at its premises in Valletta to introduce its coin issuance programme for 2013 and raise public awareness of the historical significance of the coins that will be minted in the course of the current year.

The coins that will be issued by the Bank in 2013 are as follows:

i) A gold and silver numismatic coin issued under the Europa Programme 2013 "Writers" featuring Dun Karm Psaila;
ii) A euro coin set dated 2013 consisting of the eight Maltese euro circulation coins, a €2 commemorative coin, which is the third in a series of five coins featuring "Milestones in Malta's Constitutional History" (see below) and a replica coin of the Byzantine period;
iii) A gold and silver numismatic coin featuring the façade of the Auberge de Provence;
iv) A silver numismatic coin featuring Sir Paul Boffa;
v) A €2 commemorative coin relating to Malta's Constitutional History bearing the inscription "Self Government - 1921" to be issued both in proof quality as well as in rolls of 25 coins each;
vi) A silver numismatic coin featuring the Grand Master Emmanuel Pinto issued under the Special Programme - Fabulous 15 Silver Collection;
vii) A gold numismatic coin - Picciolo - issued under the Programme "Smallest Gold Coin in the World".

The symposium panel, composed of expert speakers in their field, discussed the historical significance of the themes depicted on the coins to be issued by the Bank.

Chev. Joseph C. Sammut, an acclaimed numismatist and author of books on the history of coinage and currency focused on the issue of coins in the period when the country was ruled by the Order of St John.

Dr Conrad Thake, an architect, urban planner and university lecturer with a special interest in baroque, gave an exposé on the Auberge de Provence from a historic, artistic and architectural perspective.

Professor Henry Frendo, a leading historian, traced the history of Malta's self-government constitution from 1921 to its revocation in 1936. Professor Frendo is the Director of Maltese Studies at the University of Malta, and has recently published a book entitled 'Europe and Empire: Culture, Politics and Identity in Malta and the Mediterranean'.

Professor Oliver Friggieri, a leading litterateur and expert on the life and works of Dun Karm Psaila, discussed the national poet's literary contribution and relevance to Malta and beyond it.

Finally, Mr Desmond Zammit Marmarà, an educationist, discussed the contribution of Sir Paul Boffa to Malta's social and political development. Mr Zammit Marmarà has recently published a biography of Sir Boffa on the 50th anniversary of his death in 2012.

The symposium was chaired by one of the panel speakers, Professor Henry Frendo. The Governor of the Central Bank of Malta, Professor Josef Bonnici, concluded the symposium by highlighting the Bank's numismatic issues in the light of its broader functions, including price as well as financial stability, also in the context of the Bank's role in the eurosystem.

For full details of the Central Bank of Malta's coin programme for 2013, please refer to the Bank's website at

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Issue of numismatic coin commemorating Grand Master Pinto

Published on Wednesday, 13, March, 2013 at 16:15

On Wednesday the Central Bank of Malta issued a numismatic coin in silver commemorating the Grand Master of the Order of St John, Emmanuel Pinto. The coin has a face value of €10 and is the second product issued by the Bank in its 2013 coin programme.

Emmanuel Pinto was elected Grand Master of the Order of St John in Malta in 1741. During his 32-year rule he commissioned numerous public works, including the warehouses at the Grand Harbour, the Customs House and the completion of the Auberge de Castille.

The coin commemorating this Grand Master was struck at the Royal Belgian Mint. The obverse shows the emblem of Malta and the year of issue 2013. The reverse features a portrait bust of the Grand Master with a map of the Maltese islands. His coat-of-arms surmounted by a royal crown are given prominence in the foreground.

The coin is struck in 0.925 silver, has a weight of 20 grams and a diameter of 38.61 mm. The coin is of proof quality and its mintage is limited to 10,000 coins.

The coin may be purchased from the Malta Coins Distribution Centre at the main building of the Central Bank of Malta in Valletta, or by completing the order form which can be downloaded from the Bank's website.

For more information, the public is kindly requested to contact the Bank's Malta Coins Distribution Centre by email on or by calling +356 2550 6006/7/8.

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