The Malta Independent 23 August 2019, Friday

A coin for the Sette Giugno Riots centenary

Thursday, 6 June 2019, 10:54 Last update: about 4 months ago

On 4 June the Central Bank of Malta issued a silver coin to mark the centenary of the Sette Giugno riots.

The events of 7 June 1919 took place in a colonial setting against the background of economic hardship, massive unemployment and popular demand for self-government. Four demonstrators lost their lives and many were wounded.

The coin has a face value of €10. It is struck in proof quality in 0.925 silver, has a weight of 28.28 grams and a diameter of 38.61mm. It was designed and engraved by Noel Galea Bason and the mintage is limited to 1,500 including the coins in the joint product.


The coin, struck at the Royal Dutch Mint, shows the emblem of Malta and the year of issue, 2019, on the obverse. On the reverse the coin carries a representation of a standoff between a crowd and a party of armed soldiers.

In the coming weeks the Central Bank of Malta and MaltaPost will also be issuing a joint numismatic product including the silver coin and a silver foil stamp replica to commemorate this event. The silver foil stamp replica and the coin will be available as a set in one presentation case. This joint product will be limited to 500 sets.

The silver replica stamp was also produced for MaltaPost by the Royal Dutch Mint and depicts the €5.59 Sette Giugno centenary postage stamp.

The coins may be purchased from the Malta Coin Centre counter at the main building of the Central Bank of Malta, Castille Place, Valletta or the MCC e-shop on Pre-orders for the joint product can also be made. The price of the set is €105, while the price of the coin on its own is €60. Both prices are inclusive of VAT.

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

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