Currency

Gran Carracca Sant’Anna of the Order of St John

2019

Gran Carracca Sant’Anna of the Order of St John

Gran Carracca Sant’Anna of the Order of St John silver coin

Gran Carracca Sant’Anna of the Order of St John gold coin

In 2019, the Central Bank of Malta will issue numismatic coins in gold and silver depicting the Order of St John's Gran Carracca Sant'Anna. The coins are issued under the Europa Programme with the theme 'Renaissance' and bear the Europa Star logo.

The obverse of the coins features the coat of arms of Malta and the Europa Star logo. The reverse of the coins depicts the Gran Carracca Sant'Anna, a warship renowned for its large size and prodigious firepower. 

The carrack was one of the most influential ship designs of the Renaissance. Of robust construction and combining speed with manoeuvrability, carracks could serve as both merchant ships and warships. The Order of St John's carrack Sant' Anna, was launched in December 1522, at about the same time that the knights lost Rhodes. This ship, the pride of the Order's navy, carried Grand Master Philippe Villiers de L'Isle Adam to Malta in 1530. This event marked the start of the Order's long sojourn on the island and the start of a new epoch in Maltese history.

Type

Denomination

Diameter (mm)

Gross Weight (g)

Finesse

Designer

Mint

Mintage

Silver Proof

 €10

 38.61

28.28

0.925

Noel Galea Bason

Royal Dutch Mint

2,500

Gold Proof

€50

21.00

6.50

0.916

Noel Galea Bason

Royal Dutch Mint

400