Maltese euro coins

Maltese euro coins feature three separate designs for the three series of coins. Malta has been a member of the European Union since May 2004, and is a member of the Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union but has not completed the third stage of the EMU and therefore uses its own currency, the Maltese lira, until 1 January 2008, when it will adopt the euro as its official currency.

Maltese euro design

For images of the common side and a detailed description of the coins, see euro coins.

'''Depiction of Maltese euro coinage | Obverse side
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Mnajdra temple altar
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Coat of arms of Malta
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"2" with a Maltese Cross, repeated 6 times alternately upright and inverted.
The Maltese Cross

Design selection process

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. Three different options were presented for each theme[1].

The results of the first round voting were The Baptism of Christ in St John’s Co-Cathedral (3498 votes)[1], Malta’s Coat of Arms (2742 votes)[1] and Mnajdra Temple Altar (1872 votes)[1]. 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[1]. 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.

These four finalists were then sent to a designer and four designs were rendered for the second round of voting.




1st place:
Maltese cross

2nd place:
Maltese coat of arms

3rd place:
Mnajdra temple

4th place:
Baptism of Christ




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 The Maltese Cross, followed by the Coat of arms of Malta and the Mnajdra Temples.[2][3]

The Central Bank of Malta released the final designs of the euro coins on 19 February 2007.

Euro adoption

On 16 May 2007, the Commissioner for Economic & Financial Affairs of the EU, Joaquín Almunia, recommended that Malta adopt the euro as scheduled, a decision confirmed by the Council of Finance Ministers on 10 July 2007.

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