The Central Bank of Malta has announced they will issue, on the 22nd July, the fourth commemorative €2 coin in a series of seven dedicated to the Maltese islands’ prehistoric sites which are on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The featured site for 2019 is the Ta’ Hagrat, an ancient temple in Malta, along with several other megalithic temples that are amongst the most ancient religious sites on Earth.
Located in the village of Mgarr, Ta’ Hagrat consists of two relatively small adjoining double temples: The larger southern one and the other on the northeastern corner. The site was initially excavated between 1923 and 1926 by Sir Temi Zammit, then-Director of Museums, with further studies, excavations, and reconstruction work carried out in the following years. The older temple dates to 3,600-3,200 BCE and has a semi-circular façade with a monumental doorway. This facade leads into a rectangular central court that then leads to three semi-circular rooms. The second, smaller building can be accessed through the eastern room of the larger building, which was modified in antiquity to make space for the other building. One of the most notable finds from this excavation is a small limestone model of a roofed building, which is now exhibited at the National Museum of Archaeology in Malta. The Ta’ Haġrat temples in Mġarr were recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with several other megalithic temples, in 1992.
Artist Noel Galea Bason designed the obverse, which shows a representation of Ta’ Haġrat temples in Mġarr and dates to around 3,600-3,000 BCE. It is one of the best preserved in Malta with its imposing portal. The reverse design is that of a standard €2 coin, found throughout all countries of the euro-zone. The face value “€2” appears in front of a map of Europe.
The Brilliant Uncirculated quality coins are presented in a coin-card format and in rolls of 25 pieces of Uncirculated quality coins. Both options are available from the Malta Coin Centre from the retail desk of the Central Bank of Malta from the 22nd July onward.