The Bank of Malta has issued (14th December) their fifth and final €2 commemorative coin which is part of a current coin series entitled “From Children in Solidarity.” The initiative is a project between the Central Bank of Malta, the Ministry for Education and Employment, and the Malta Community Chest Fund that is a charitable foundation under the auspices of the president of Malta. The first issue released in 2016 had the specific theme of Solidarity with love, and the winning design was created by Ms. Sarah Cilia, a secondary school student. The 2020-dated €2 coin’s theme is Children’s Games, and this year the winning design was created by St. Nicholas Middle School student Ymen Riahi. His coin was chosen for the last coin to be issued in the series. The young artist was inspired by traditional games popular with Maltese children.
The coins are produced by France’s Monnaie de Paris at their facilities in Paris, on behalf of the Central Bank of Malta, and are designed by Ymen Riahi. He depicts a melange of games including marbles, spinning tops, and traditional kite-making and flying. Also depicted is a Maltese version of hop-scotch which is known locally as “passju.” Three bees flying in a circle allude to a popular chant sung by Maltese children during playtime. Ymen’s design was engraved by Malta’s Noel Galea Bason in preparation to adapt it for minting. The design on the reverse side is that of the standard euro-zone motif for the two-euro coins, created by Belgian artist Luc Luycx.
The Brilliant Uncirculated strikes are enclosed in a coin-card blister-pak type format which is designed as a bookmark. The Uncirculated examples are available in rolls of 25 coins. For additional information about these coins and other coins issued from the Central Bank of Malta, please visit their retail website.
Coins and themes, 2016 to 2020:
2016 — Solidarity through love
2017 — Peace
2018 — Cultural heritage
2019 — The Environment
2020 — Children’s games