Malta Euro Coins "Changes to the Coins Dated 2011"

Malta this year issued a set of standard coins dated 2011. This was only the second set since the euro adoption in 2008. All the coins minted in 2008 had the letter F (mint mark) in the 6 o' clock star since they were all minted at the Monnaie de Paris. This year set dated 2011 does not have the letter F since they were minted at a different mint (Dutch Mint). The Maltese EMU €2 Commemorative 2009 was also minted at the Dutch mint but had mint marks from this mint. However, this year set of standard coins and the €2 commemorative coin from Malta 2011 do not have a mint mark. Another change was noticed on the 1c, 2c and 5c dated 2011; those that were minted in 2008 had the initials of the designer (NGB) whereas those minted in 2011 do not.

 

20 August 2012- The central bank of Malta admitted that it was an error when the initials of the designer (NGB) were not produced on the standard coins dated 2011. An official from the bank said "initials were unfortunately not reproduced on the same coins bearing the 2011 date. The bank regrets this error and has taken measures to enhance its control procedures to ensure that similar incidents are avoided."

 

20 August 2012 Update 2 - The BU set dated 2012 reconfirms that the omission of the NGB initials was indeed an error. They are back again on the coins dated 2012 as can be seen in the image below

 

Source

(C) Times of Malta

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Comment by euroHOBBY on August 21, 2012 at 14:30

this is the draft that i was referring to. It is take from the official document "Final Master Plan for the Euro Changeover in Malta" issued by the government

http://www.centralbankmalta.org/updates/Downloads/pdfs/final_master...

Comment by noel galea bason on August 20, 2012 at 14:50

It's ok for you to joke but in this business it's a serious matter. The Mint and issuing Bank have a serious responsibility that coins are as perfectly identical to each other as possible........if not, might as well do away with alloy, weight and dimensional parameters!

Comment by euroHOBBY on August 20, 2012 at 13:26

:-) yes we will see what will happen in 2013

Comment by Robi from Brussels on August 20, 2012 at 13:10

Thanks a lot for these detailed info !

Thus we can conclude we have three maltese series:

2008 = with F, with NGB

2011 = without  F, without NGB

2012= without F, with NGB

 

Comment by euroHOBBY on August 20, 2012 at 13:00

The BU set dated 2012 reconfirms that the omission of the NGB initials was indeed an error. They are back again on the coins dated 2012 as can be seen in the image below

Comment by euroHOBBY on August 20, 2012 at 12:56

yes the NGB initials are back again on the 2012 coins

Comment by euroHOBBY on August 20, 2012 at 11:51

first of all it is very nice to have a reply from the designer himself :D

 

secondly I total agree with you NGB that it is unfair, before Malta had adopted the euro, if I remember well I had seen drafts of the 10c, 20c and 50c showing your initials, it is strange that they kept it for the 1c-5c and not for the rest

 

I also believe that mint marks and designer marks give more value to the coins and indirect responsibility for the designer and mints to produce good work

Comment by noel galea bason on August 20, 2012 at 11:49

Oh and the initials are NGB not NGM as Robi erroneously said.

Comment by noel galea bason on August 20, 2012 at 11:48

The 2012 centimes will include the initials. 

Comment by Robi from Brussels on August 20, 2012 at 11:40

Now I'm curious to see how they will be the maltese centimes dated 2012: with or without NGM initials?


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