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30/01/2015 19:01:00

Issue of Numismatic Coin commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Wignacourt Aqueduct

The Central Bank of Malta will issue a silver coin commemorating the 400th anniversary of the inauguration of the Wignacourt Aqueduct. The coin has a face value of €10.

The coin was minted at the Royal Belgian Mint. It is struck in 0.925 silver and has a weight of 22.85g and a diameter of 37mm. The coin is of proof quality and the mintage is limited to 2,500 coins. The coin was designed and engraved by Noel Galea Bason.

The reverse of the coin features aspects of the Aqueduct namely: the Wignacourt arch, which was located at Fleur-de-Lys, and the Wignacourt water tower sited at Floriana. These are framed within a motif which recalls the surviving arches of the aqueduct. The obverse of the coin carries a portrait of Grand Master Alof Wignacourt who financed a large part of the cost incurred for the construction of the aqueduct, which carried fresh water from the Rabat plateau to Valletta. The aqueduct was one of the largest public utility projects undertaken by the Knights of the Order of St John and was inaugurated on 21 April 1615.

The coin may be purchased from the Malta Coins Distribution Centre at the main building of the Central Bank of Malta in Valletta, from Monday 2 February 2015, or by completing the order form which can be downloaded from the Bank's website. The coin will be sold for €58 (including VAT).

For more information the public is kindly requested to contact the Bank's Malta Coins Distribution Centre by email or by calling (+356) 2550 6006/7/8.

 

400th Anniversary of the Wignacourt Aqueduct silver coin - obverse         400th Anniversary of the Wignacourt Aqueduct silver coin - reverse

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