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  • 2 Euro 2021, Malta, Heroes of the Pandemic
  • 2 Euro 2021, Malta, Heroes of the Pandemic

The Central Bank of Malta launched (29th July 2021) new commemorative €2 coins which are in tribute to Malta’s health sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to the frontline medical professionals. The new coins are a symbol of national appreciation of the selfless effort and dedication of the many individuals in Malta who have been at the forefront of the worldwide emergency, risking their own health during such global difficult times.

The COVID-19 pandemic in Malta is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first case of the disease in Malta was an Italian 12-year-old girl on 7 March 2020.

A mandatory quarantine was imposed on travellers and those who were possibly in contact with those who travelled abroad. A mandatory lockdown was imposed on those over the age of 65 and/or suffering from chronic health conditions. On 12 May 2021, the Minister for Health, Chris Fearne, stated that Malta would be the first EU country to open up the vaccine to the entire population. On 25 May 2021, Fearne announced that 70% of the Maltese population had become fully vaccinated, making it the first nation in the world to reach the minimum estimated benchmark for herd immunity against the virus.


The design is based on a famous picture published by the Times of Malta that was widely shared. It depicts two senior staff nurses Doreen Zammit and Charmaine Cauchi, whose identities had never been disclosed as they were hidden from head to toe behind their PPE, locked in a supportive embrace, eyes shut tight, before treating coronavirus patients at Mater Dei Hospital.

The photograph, taken by nurse Diane Faenza, captured the climate of stress, fear and courage among healthcare workers at the time. The image was chosen by the Europe branch of the World Health Organisation to mark the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, after it was spotted on the newspaper’s social media and permission for its use was requested.

Designer: Maria Anna Frisone

MALTA 2021


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.”



The sequence "2 ★" repeated six times alternately upright and inverted

2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★

2 Euro

Heroes of the Pandemic

Type Commemorative Issue (Non-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
Paris Mint (A)

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