By Central Bank of Malta ……

On 5 December 2016 the Central Bank of Malta will issue a €2 commemorative coin under a new program entitled ‘From Children in Solidarity‘, with the first theme being ‘Solidarity through Love‘. This is an initiative between the Central Bank of Malta, the Ministry for Education and Employment, and the Malta Community Chest Fund. The Community Chest Fund is a charitable foundation under the auspices of The President of Malta. It promotes various activities and initiatives that are undertaken with the aim of helping individuals with various needs.

Officially launched on 5 June 2015 by the President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, and the Governor of the Central Bank, this social responsibility coin program involved a coin design competition open to all secondary school students. From the designs submitted, five were selected by an adjudicating panel. The winning design was subsequently selected through a voting process which was open to all secondary school students. Schools encouraged students to take part in this voting exercise as this was seen as a way of promoting a sense of responsible citizenship from an early age.

The coin reverse shows the common €2 side while the obverse (national side) shows two hands forming a heart shape, framing a representation of the Maltese flag. The coin obverse engraved by Noel Galea Bason bears a representation of the winning design created by Ms. Sarah Cilia, a secondary school student.

These commemorative coins 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 30,000 will be made, will bear a mint-mark of the Monnaie de Paris, where the coins were minted. The cost of a roll of 25 coins is €70, while that of a coin card is €7. The profits from the sale of the coin cards will be channelled in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation.

The coin may be purchased directly from the Malta Gold Coins Distribution Centre’s online e-shop facility. For more information the public is kindly requested to contact the Bank’s Malta Coins Distribution Centre by email or by calling (+356) 2550 6006/7.

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