By Central Bank of Malta….
On 25 May 2015, the Central Bank of Malta will issue a €2 commemorative coin marking the centenary of the first flight from Malta.
The coin reverse shows the common €2 side while the obverse (national side) depicts a Short Type 135 seaplane in flight over the Grand Harbour with Senglea Point in the background. The coin obverse was designed by Noel Galea Bason.
On 13 February 1915, a Short Type 135 seaplane, carried on HMS Ark Royal, took off from the Grand Harbour for a 35-minute flight. The seaplane, which bore the serial number 136, was piloted by Captain Cecil F. Kilner and made the first recorded flight from Malta.
The commemorative bimetallic coin will be issued in circulation quality in rolls of 25 coins each as well as in coin cards. The coins in the cards, of which only 25,000 will be made, will bear the mint-mark of the Royal Dutch Mint, where the coins were minted.
The Bank will be contacting all those who have placed their orders to inform them of their allocation, the means of payment and the dates on which they can collect their coins. The coins will be available for collection from the Malta Coins Distribution Centre at the main building of the Central Bank of Malta. For further information, the public is kindly requested to contact the Malta Coins Distribution Centre by an e-mail to [email protected] or by calling (+356) 2550 6006/6007.