Gold Ounce 2021 Prince Philip Memorial, Coin from Malta - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2021 Prince Philip Memorial, Coin from Malta
CoinGold Ounce 2021 Prince Philip Memorial

Malta has been using the Euro as its currency since 2008. Apart from the regular circulation coinage, the country has also authorised some mints to issue non circulating and bullion coins under its jurisdiction. The one troy ounce of gold (1oz) format is internationally popular, and is formally denominated with a €25 (Twenty-five Euro) face value. According to Eurozone convention, the denomination is legal tender in Malta only, and not in the whole Eurozone.

This coin was issued in memory of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II and father of King Charles III.

While Malta is a republic, it has a long association with British monarchy, having been a British colony from 1813 to 1964. Queen Elizabeth II was the last monarch of the country. Additionally, between 1949 and 1951, the young princess Elizabeth made Malta her home at the age of 23 while her husband Prince Philip was stationed on the island with the navy. Living at Villa Guardamangia, an 18th-century house owned by the Prince’s uncle Lord Mountbatten and just outside the city of Valletta, the newlyweds and their two young children could lead a relatively normal life.

MintCommonwealth Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage148
Obverse
Malta / Gold Ounce 2021 Prince Philip Memorial - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows at its centre the Coat of Arms of the Central Bank of Malta. At centre, a shield divided in three parts; in the top part, a horizontal key as a symbol of economic progress and security; the lower parts have "heraldic hatching" indicating a white background on the left, and a red background on the right - the colours of the flag of Malta; in the left part, the George Cross, awarded to Malta for bravery in April 1942 by King George VI. Above the shield, a crest surrounded by laurel and palm branches, symbols of honour and peace respectively, supporting a mural crown on top - symbolic of Malta's historic role as a fortress.

On the sides, the shield is supported by two armoured and helmeted Knights of Malta holding large swords, representing confidence and strength, the two virtues incorporated in the Bank's motto. These symbolise some of the greatest pages in Malta's long military history, which, for more than two-and-a-half centuries, was ruled by the Order of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem. The plumed helmet of a knight which surmounts the shield also has a special connection to Malta as it was modelled on one found on a monument in the 16th century Co-Cathedral of St John in Valletta, built by the Knights.

On a ribbon below, the motto in Latin: FIDUCIA FORTIS ("In Confidence Strength"), and the date the bank was founded, 1968.

Around above, the name of the issuing authority: CENTRAL BANK OF MALTA.

Around below, the face value 50 EURO.

Obverse Inscription CENTRAL BANK OF MALTA 50 EURO
Reverse
Malta / Gold Ounce 2021 Prince Philip Memorial - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows a portrait of Prince Philip facing right. Below the neck truncation, the initials of the designer, JC (for Jody Clark).

Around above, the inscription HRH PRINCE PHILIP · DUKE OF EDINBURGH; around below, the dates of his life · 1921 · 2021 · (HRH is abbreviated from His Royal Highness).

Reverse Inscription HRH PRINCE PHILIP · DUKE OF EDINBURGH · 1921 · 2021 ·
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Notes

Finish: Proof FDC (99 coins), or Matte Proof FDC (49 coins).

Gold Ounce 2021 Prince Philip Memorial: Known varieties
Variety Matte Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 49 (included in total)
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Gold Ounce 2021 Prince Philip Memorial: Details
CountryMalta
CurrencyEuro, Malta
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2021
EffigyCoat of Arms of the Central Bank of Malta
Face Value50 (x Euro, Malta)
Total Mintage148
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Gold
DesignerJody Clark
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size31.0000 mm
Mass31.1030 g
OCC IDLGVB-OLDC-ZRWX-OMPX
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