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2 Euro Ġgantija Temples

2 Euro (Ġgantija Temples) -  obverse 2 Euro (Ġgantija Temples) -  reverse

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Features

Country Malta
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 2016
Value 2 Euro
2 EUR = 2.21 USD
Currency Euro (2002-date)
Composition Bimetallic: nickel-brass clad nickel center in copper-nickel ring
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Malta's prehistoric monuments series: Ġgantija Temples

Obverse

The coin depicts the Ġgantija Temples situated on the Island of Gozo. Ġgantija is a megalithic temple complex dating to the Neolithic ages. It is one of the world's oldest free-standing structures, as well as one of the oldest religious structures. Built approximately in the 36th century BC, Ġgantija pre-dates Stonehenge and the Egyptian Pyramids. At the top right the inscription ‘ĠGANTIJA TEMPLES’ and underneath the years ‘3600-3200 BC’. At the bottom left the name of the country of issuance ‘MALTA’ and underneath the year of issuance ‘2016’, flanked by the mint master mark and the mint mark. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Lettering:
ĠGANTIJA
TEMPLES
3800-3200 BC
NGB
MALTA
2016
F

Engraver: Noel Galea Bason

Reverse

A map, next to the face value, shows the European continent without borders.

Lettering: 2 EURO LL

Engraver: Luc Luycx

Luc Luycx is the designer of the common side of the euro coins. Luycx is a computer engineer, and medallist living in Dendermonde, Belgium, and has worked for the Royal Belgian Mint for 15 years. He designed the euro coins in 1996.

Edge

Reeded with inscription: six times a "2" and two Maltese crosses.

Lettering: 2 ✠✠ 2 ✠✠ 2 ✠✠ 2 ✠✠ 2 ✠✠ 2 ✠✠

2 Euro (Ġgantija Temples)

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Comments

The Ġgantija Temples complex in Gozo is one of the best preserved on the Maltese islands. The site dates to 3,600 - 3,200 B.C. and is one of the oldest free-standing monuments in the world. Ġgantija was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1980.

This coin is the first of a series of seven that will be issued by the Bank which will depict Malta's prehistoric monuments that are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.

Coincard with the Monnaie de Paris mintmark:

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2016  30,000 8.82 In coincard, With "Monnaie Paris" mintmark
2016  350,000 4.27 4.85 4.19 Without mintmark
2016 F 30,000 22.06 In mintset only, with F mintmark

Values in the table above are expressed in USD. They are based on evaluations by Numista users and sales realized on Internet platforms. They serve as a measure, but they are not intended to be relied upon for buying, selling or exchanging coins. Numista does not buy or sell coins.

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