Two and a Half Euro 2022 Lord of the Rings, Coin from Malta - detailed information

Malta has been using the Euro as its currency since 2008. Apart from the regular circulation coinage, the country also issues non circulating commemorative coins.

According to Eurozone convention, "regular" circulating denominations are between one cent and two Euro, and non-circulating coins should be otherwise denominated - such as €2.50 (two and a half Euro); these are legal tender in Malta only, and not in the whole Eurozone.

This Lord of the Rings coin celebrates the launch of the new series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power in September 2022. The series is a prequel to J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit", and is set in the Second Age of the fictional world of Middle Earth.

Information about: Two and a Half Euro 2022 Lord of the Rings, Coin from Malta
MintRoyal Dutch Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage15,000
Obverse
Malta / Two and a Half Euro 2022 Lord of the Rings - 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 date of issue 2022.

Obverse Inscription CENTRAL BANK OF MALTA 2022
Reverse
Malta / Two and a Half Euro 2022 Lord of the Rings - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts the White Tree of Gondor, a descendant of the tree Nimloth of Númenor, from The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power story. Surrounding the symbol of luck are the two famous lines of the Ring Poem in the runic "Black Speech".

Translated, the inscription means "One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them".

Around below left in the inner circle is the the face value 2,5 EURO; around below right, the copyright note © NLP (s22).

Reverse Inscription 2,5 EURO © NLP (s22)
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in blister card.

See also

There is also a coloured silver Lord of the Rings coin with the same design.

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Two and a Half Euro 2022 Lord of the Rings: Details
CountryMalta
CurrencyEuro, Malta
Coin TypeTwo and a Half Euro
Issued2022
EffigyCoat of Arms of the Central Bank of Malta
Face Value2.50 (x Euro, Malta)
Total Mintage15,000
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.0000 mm
Mass15.5000 g
OCC IDLBRP-ERRC-KXJW-EMNY
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