Description

The Central Bank of Malta issued a third €2 commemorative coin under a programme entitled 'From Children in Solidarity'. This is an initiative between the Central Bank of Malta, the Ministry for Education and Employment, and the Malta Community Chest Fund.

Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, presided over a prize-giving ceremony of a coin design competition. The competition which was launched on 13 November 2017 was open to all students in secondary and higher secondary schools as well as MCAST. Participants could submit designs for three commemorative €2 coins that will be issued by the Bank. The themes for which designs were to be submitted were as follows: cultural heritage, nature and environment, and games. A total of 129 submissions were presented out of which three designs, one for each theme, were chosen by an expert panel. The winning design for the cultural heritage theme was submitted by Nicole Dimech who attends St Nicholas College, Middle School, Rabat.

There are two types of this coin:
• without mintmarks (in rolls)
• with the mintmark (Cornucopia) and director Yves Sampo's marks (Pentagon with letters AG) before and after inscription date on the obverse (BU in coincard)

Issue date: November 2018

Obverse

Depicts a variety of themes intrinsic to Maltese heritage including: an allusion to the prehistoric temples, which are the world’s oldest free-standing structures; a church dome and spire, which is a characteristic feature of the Maltese town and village skyline; and a representation of a traditional Maltese boat carrying a Maltese flag.

Engraver: Noel Galea Bason

MALTA
2018

Reverse

A geographical map of Western Europe spans the outer ring and inner core on the right side of the coin. The inscription 2 EURO is superimposed over the map of Europe, with the numeral “2” located in an open field representing the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

12 stars are located on the right side of the outer ring, with six stars atop the map of Europe and six stars below it; six vertical stripes cut across the inner core of the coin, visually connecting the upper and lower star segments.

Luc Luycx, a designer at the Royal Belgian Mint, designed the Euro’s common reverse; his initials, LL, are seen on the right side of the design, just under the “O” in “EURO.”

2 EURO
LL

Edge

The sequence "2✠✠" repeated six times alternately upright and inverted.

2 ✠✠ 2 ✠✠ 2 ✠✠ 2 ✠✠ 2 ✠✠ 2 ✠✠

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Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Cupronickel
Center Nickel Brass
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Paris Mint (A)

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