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24/07/2020

Central Bank of Malta issues Skorba coin and year set

On 27 July 2020, the Central Bank of Malta will be issuing a new commemorative €2 coin depicting the prehistoric temples of Skorba. This coin will be the fifth in a series of seven coins dedicated to Malta’s unique prehistoric sites.

Skorba is a UNESCO World Heritage Site found in the hamlet of Żebbiegħ at the limits of Mġarr. The temple ruins which are believed to date to around 3,500 BC were built on top of an earlier settlement dating to around 5,000 BC.

The site was first brought to the attention of Temi Zammit in the early 20th century. Some archaeological investigations were conducted in 1937, but the site remained virtually untouched until the excavation campaigns undertaken by British archaeologist David H. Trump in the 1960s.

The Skorba temples are not the best preserved temples on the Maltese islands and lack the monumentality of other megalithic ones. Nevertheless, the site yielded important information for the study and understanding of Maltese prehistory.

These commemorative coins were struck in circulation quality at the Monnaie de Paris in France. The coin reverse shows the common €2 side. The obverse (national side) was designed by Noel Galea Bason, and shows a representation of the remains of Skorba Temples. The issue is limited to 170,000 coins, of which 150,000 will be issued in rolls and 20,000 will be available in cards. The cost of a roll of 25 coins is €70, while that of a coin card is €7.

On the same date, the Bank will also issue its 2020 coin set which includes eight Maltese euro coins dated 2020 and a commemorative €2 coin depicting the prehistoric temple of Skorba. All the coins in the set are in brilliant uncirculated quality and were struck at the Monnaie de Paris in France. The sets – which will be limited to 10,000 – will be presented in an attractive blister pack and will be sold for €26.

To avoid disappointment, customers are encouraged to pre-order as from today from the Malta Coin Centre's e-shop. Alternatively, they may visit the Malta Coin Centre counter at the main building of the Central Bank of Malta, Castille Place, Valletta, which is open Mondays to Fridays from 8.00am to noon, excluding public holidays.

For further information, the public is kindly requested to contact the Malta Coin Centre via email or by calling on (+356) 2550 6006/7/8.

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