The Bank of Malta has launched their latest collector coins which are in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee, the 70th anniversary of the accession of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Since before her accession to the British throne in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II has maintained a very special and personal bond with Malta. Apart from the fact that she became Malta’s Queen during the time it was a crown colony, she also became the country’s head of state when Malta gained independence in 1964. She remained in this capacity until 1974 when the island nation became a republic. As Princess and Duchess of Edinburgh, she lived there from 1949 to 1951, along with her husband, whom she had married two years earlier. As an officer in the Royal Navy, Prince Philip had accepted a commission that meant he would be stationed in Malta. The Queen has commented in the past that these years were among the happiest in her life as both a new wife and mother. In this light, the Queen also regards Malta as one of her favourite countries to visit.
Malta was a British colony from 1800 until independence was granted in 1964. After this, the country still remained a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and transitioned to a republic in 1974, replacing the duties and functions of a hereditary sovereign with that of an appointed president. The-then 89-year-old monarch and her husband Prince Philip last visited their Mediterranean island home in November 2015 when the Queen opened the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting which was hosted in Valetta, Malta’s capital city. Prior to this official event, the royal couple has returned several times over the years on private visits, notably during their “second honeymoon” in 2007 on the occasion of their diamond wedding anniversary.
The coins are produced by the Royal Dutch Mint at their facilities in Houten, Netherlands, on behalf of the Central Bank of Malta. The reverse of both coins features the official logo of the Queen’s 70th anniversary of accession, which is a stylised linear design incorporating the numeral “70” at the top of a crown. The background is coloured in deep purple, the colour being associated with royalty. Around the logo is the commemorative inscription QUEEN’S PLATINUM JUBILEE with the denomination placed below. On the reverse side is the official crest and text of the CENTRAL BANK OF MALTA, the mint mark of the Royal Dutch Mint and the year of issue 2022 are placed below the crest.
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The cupro-nickel Brilliant Uncirculated coins are encased in a sealed coin-card format with specifications and illustrations pertaining to the Queen’s 70th anniversary of reign. The silver Prooflike strike coins are encapsulated and presented in a custom case accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. For additional ordering information, please visit the website of the Central Bank of Malta.
Delivery commences from March 2022