• 2 Cents 1972-1982, KM# 9, Malta
  • 2 Cents 1972-1982, KM# 9, Malta
Description

Engraver: Christopher Ironside

Obverse

Depicts Penthesilea right in the centre, surrounded by the country name above and the date below as well as four dolphins.

Penthesilea (Greek: Πενθεσίλεια) or Penthesileia was an Amazonian queen in Greek mythology, the daughter of Ares and Otrera and the sister of Hippolyta, Antiope and Melanippe. Quintus Smyrnaeus explains more fully than pseudo-Apollodorus how Penthesilea came to be at Troy: Penthesilea had killed Hippolyta with a spear when they were hunting deer; this accident caused Penthesilea so much grief that she wished only to die, but, as a warrior and an Amazon, she had to do so honorably and in battle. She therefore was easily convinced to join in the Trojan War, fighting on the side of Troy's defenders.

MALTA
1972

Reverse

Denomination within a wreath of vine leaves.

2
CENTS

Edge

2 Cents

KM# 9 Schön# 9
Characteristics
Material Cupronickel
Weight 2.25 g
Diameter 17.7 mm
Thickness 1.1 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mints
Franklin Mint (FM)
Royal Mint

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