By Central Bank of Malta….
On 15 July 2015, the Central Bank of Malta issued two numismatic coins, in gold and silver, depicting the Auberge de Bavière. This is the fifth and final in the Bank’s series of numismatic coins on the auberges of the Knights of St. John.
Palazzo Carnerio, known today as the Auberge de Bavière, was built in 1696 by the Portuguese knight Gaspare Carnerio. The palace was designed by Carlo Gimach. Palazzo Carnerio was purchased for the use of the Anglo-Bavarian Langue, which had been set up in 1782 during the rule of Grand Master De Rohan. During the First World War, the Auberge de Bavière was converted into a hospital. It was later used as a school and today it houses the Government Property Department.
The gold coin has a face value of €15 while the silver coin has a face value of €10. The obverse of the coins shows the emblem of Malta with the year of issue. The reverse features the façade of the Auberge de Bavière.
The €15 coin, which is limited to 1,000 pieces, is struck in 0.999 gold, weighs 1.25 grams, and has a diameter of 14 mm. The €10 coin is struck in 0.925 silver, weighs 18.75 grams, has a diameter of 33mm and is limited to 2,500 pieces. The coins were struck to proof quality at the Royal Belgian Mint, and were designed and engraved by Noel Galea Bason.
The coins may be purchased from the Malta Coins Distribution Centre counter at the main building of the Central Bank of Malta, or by completing the order form which can be downloaded from the Bank’s website.
For more information, the public is kindly requested to contact the Bank’s Malta Coins Distribution Centre by calling +356 2550 6006/7/8.