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Offline izotz

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Re: Malta's pre-euro coinage, 1972-2007
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2011, 01:08:10 PM »
I don't really know whether they actually circulated. I suppose they were only issued for sets in the last pre-euro years. In fact, I am having a look at World Coins catalog, and it says it is "in sets only". The error I found in the book is that it says that there is a 2 mils coin in 2005, 2006 and 2007 set, although I show here that you have :
2005 -> 2 mils
2006 -> 3 mils
2007 -> 5 mils

By the way, these are the pictures for 2005 and 2006 sets.




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« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2011, 01:13:17 PM »
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« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2011, 06:27:47 AM »
The denomination mil is not as unusual as all that. There are quite a few Arab states that used a pound of 1000 mils at some time. This is likely to be the source of inspiration for the Maltese mil. In addition, the mil was a US denomination. Just not on coins.

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I think the point relates more to the timing of the issue, and the changeover of the designs on the cent-denominated coins.

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« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2011, 10:18:42 PM »
In 1986 Malta issued a new series of coins, with changed specifications, new reverse designs, and a new obverse design. You can see the new obverse design in the image below. It is similar to the obverse of the 25c coin of 1975.


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« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2011, 10:19:11 PM »
From 1991, Malta changed the obverse design.  The new one depicted Malta’s coat of arms.

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« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2011, 10:19:36 PM »


From 1986, the reverse of the one cent coin depicted a weasel, whilst the two cents showed an olive branch.
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« Reply #21 on: March 18, 2011, 10:20:59 PM »


The five cents coin depicted a fresh water crab. At first it was a straightforwardly round coin, but in 1991, when the series acquired the new obverse of the coat of arms, the five cents also acquired a rather stylish polygonal rim. The same change was made to the 50 cents coin, which depicted a Tulliera plant, also known as the Maltese fleabane. 




 
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« Reply #22 on: March 18, 2011, 10:23:27 PM »


The 10 cents shows a dolphin fish,




whilst the 25 cents depicts a Ghirlanda flower.

 
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« Reply #23 on: March 18, 2011, 10:23:55 PM »


The one lira coin portrays Malta’s national bird, a merill, also known as a blue rock thrush.
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« Reply #24 on: March 18, 2011, 10:24:15 PM »
Another attractive set, then, if not quite as distinctive as the set that preceded it in the 1970s. In 2008 Malta adopted the euro. All those attractive old designs were swept from view, to be replaced by a mere three designs for the bland and insipid euro series, with its bleakly monolithic neo-Stalinist uniformity.

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« Reply #25 on: March 21, 2011, 10:30:47 PM »
I have recently updated Christopher Ironside's work on Wikipedia including the Malta coins.  Your information adds to my research.  Thank you.

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« Reply #26 on: March 21, 2011, 10:40:34 PM »
Yes, I've had a look at your Wikipedia page. I only wish something as informative as that had been available earlier. Designers have been neglected, but it's always fascinating to see the scope of their portfolio. Mr Ironside was an excellent modeller too - just look at the detail on that first Maltese set.

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« Reply #27 on: March 22, 2011, 02:19:38 PM »
..there is a story in there.  Christopher did take the Royal Mint to the High Court over copyright issues saying that designers should both be recognised and get paid royalties if their designs were used by the client for purposes other than the initial commission.

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« Reply #28 on: March 22, 2011, 03:52:05 PM »
According to my notes from the National Archives, the original 1970s designs were all ascribed to Envin Cremona, except for the 3 mils (honeybee), 5 mils (earthen lampstand), and the 2 cents (Penthesilea, Queen of the Amazons), which were credited to Mr Ironside, who modelled all the designs. The 25 cents didn't appear until 1975, and I have no data on that. (There is a backlog of documents that should have arrived at the National Archives but still hasn't). Does this data square with your own researches, Spyke63? And do you know whether Mr Ironside also designed the 1975 25 cents?

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« Reply #29 on: March 23, 2011, 06:30:57 PM »
There was indeed a Maltese pound, another name for which was the lira.  Just like Lebanese pounds still exist, but are known as livres locally, at least to those speaking French ...