Malta Euro Coins

Malta has been a member of the European Union since 1 May 2004, and is a member of the Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union. It has completed the third stage of the EMU and adopted the euro as its official currency on 1 January 2008. On 16 May 2007, the Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs of the EU, Joaquin Almunia, recommended that Malta adopt the euro as scheduled, a decision confirmed by the Council of F inance Ministers on 10 July 2007.

The selection of the designs of the coins was decided by public consultation in two rounds. The first round of the consultation process started on January 14, 2006 and ended on January 29, 2006. During this period the Maltese public could participate in the process by choosing from a total of 12 options, divided into 4 design themes - Prehistoric Malta, Renaissance Malta, The Maltese Identity and The Maltese Archipelago and three different options were presented for each theme.

The results of the first round voting were The Baptism of Christ in St John's Co-Cathedral (3498 votes), Malta's Coat of Arms (2742 votes) and Mnajdra Temple Altar (1872 votes). Another design, The Fort St. Angelo option, received 2037 votes, but was not included as one of the three chosen options since the Baptism of Christ received the most votes in that theme.

Along with the visual design options, the public was also given several alternative options, which were voted on in the same manner. The first and second most popular suggestions made by the public were the Maltese cross and Dun Karm, respectively on the Maltese euro coin set. The Steering Committee for the adoption of the euro ultimately decided to include the most popular suggestion, the Maltese Cross, with the three chosen by the public.

1st Place2nd Place3rd Place4th Place
Maltese crossMaltese coat of armsMnajdra templeBaptism of Christ
Maltese cross Maltese coat of arms Mnajdra temple Baptism of Christ

These four finalists were then sent to a designer and four designs were rendered for the second round of voting. During the second phase, running from 29 May until 9 June 2006, the public was asked to choose the actual designs for the euro coins from the four mock ups produced by the designer. The three designs with the highest number of votes would then become the final design for the Maltese face of the euro coin set. The results of the second round were Maltese cross, followed by the Coat of arms of Malta and the Mnajdra Temples. The Central Bank of Malta released the final designs of the euro coins on 19 February 2007. On 23 October 2007, the designs were officially published in the Official Journal of the European Union and are the work of Noel Galea Bason.

The Maltese 2 euro coin edge inscription

Edge
The edge of the Maltese euro coins
 
The number 2 and two Maltese crosses repeated six times alternately upright and inverted

Mintmarks on Maltese euro coins

MintmarkLocation
FInside the 6 o'clock star

The Maltese Euro coins are minted by Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint).

In 2011, Malta issued the second set of plain circulation coins since the adoption of the common european currency in 2008. The design of the coins offered a small suprised, as all the coins minted in 2008 had the letter F (mintmark) in the 6 o' clock star since they were all minted at the Monnaie de Paris. In 2011 this mintmark was dropped as the coins were struck at the Dutch Mint. Curiously enough, the Maltese 2 euros 2009 EMU commemorative coin was also minted at the Dutch mint, but included the old mintmark. Another change on the 1, 2 and 5 cent coins was the initials of the designer (NGB), which are missing in the new design.

Maltese 2011 euro design changes
Image of Malta 2 euros coin
Malta 2 euros - The eight-pointed Maltese cross

The Maltese cross is identified as the symbol of an order of Christian warriors known as the Knights Hospitaller or Knights of Malta. It was originally the symbol of Amalfi, a small Italian republic of the 11th century. The cross is eight-pointed and ... [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 Unknown € 3.65 Buy
2010 1,990,000 pieces € 4.00 Buy
2008 9,960,000 pieces € 4.30 Buy
Image of Malta 1 euro coin
Malta 1 euro - The eight-pointed Maltese cross

The Maltese cross is identified as the symbol of an order of Christian warriors known as the Knights Hospitaller or Knights of Malta. It was originally the symbol of Amalfi, a small Italian republic of the 11th century. The cross is eight-pointed and ... [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2008 14,000,000 pieces € 2.95 Buy
Image of Malta 50 cents coin
Malta 50 cents - The emblem of Malta

A shield showing an heraldic representation of the National Flag; above the shield a mural crown in gold with a sally port and eight turrets (five only being visible) representing the fortifications of Malta and denoting a City State; and around the shield ... [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 Unknown € 1.00 Buy
2008 15,000,000 pieces € 1.20 Buy
Image of Malta 20 cents coin
Malta 20 cents - The emblem of Malta

A shield showing an heraldic representation of the National Flag; above the shield a mural crown in gold with a sally port and eight turrets (five only being visible) representing the fortifications of Malta and denoting a City State; and around the shield ... [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2008 40,000,000 pieces € 0.85 Buy
Image of Malta 10 cents coin
Malta 10 cents - The emblem of Malta

A shield showing an heraldic representation of the National Flag; above the shield a mural crown in gold with a sally port and eight turrets (five only being visible) representing the fortifications of Malta and denoting a City State; and around the shield ... [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2008 41,000,000 pieces € 0.70 Buy
Image of Malta 5 cents coin
Malta 5 cents - Altar of prehistoric temple of Imnajdra

The Mnajdra temple grouping lies on the southern coast of Malta. It is a complex of three Neolithic temples surrounding an oval courtyard, the oldest having been built during the Ġgantija phase (3600-3200 BC), while the other two date from the early and ... [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 Unknown € 0.40 Buy
2008 34,000,000 pieces € 0.40 Buy
Image of Malta 2 cents coin
Malta 2 cents - Altar of prehistoric temple of Imnajdra

The Mnajdra temple grouping lies on the southern coast of Malta. It is a complex of three Neolithic temples surrounding an oval courtyard, the oldest having been built during the Ġgantija phase (3600-3200 BC), while the other two date from the early and ... [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 Unknown € 0.30 Buy
2008 36,000,000 pieces € 0.35 Buy
Image of Malta 1 cent coin
Malta 1 cent - Altar of prehistoric temple of Imnajdra

The Mnajdra temple grouping lies on the southern coast of Malta. It is a complex of three Neolithic temples surrounding an oval courtyard, the oldest having been built during the Ġgantija phase (3600-3200 BC), while the other two date from the early and ... [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 Unknown € 0.30 Buy
2008 10,000,000 pieces € 0.35 Buy