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
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