Malta (1660-63) 2 tari

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Sincona sale 43, lot 2576
This specimen was lot 2576 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 9,000 CHF (about US$10,740 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"MALTA, Rafael Contoner, 1660-1663 2 Tari o. J. Valetta. Von grösster Seltenheit. Sehr schön. (Order of Malta, Rafael Contoner, 1660-1663, undated double tari, Valetta mint. Of the highest rarity, Very fine.)"
Malta, an island between Italy and Tunisia was ruled by the Knights of St. John from the 1500's to their ouster by Napoleon in 1798. After Napoleon's fall, the British occupied the island as a base until the 1960's, when Malta became an independent republic. The Knights of St. John, now the Order of Malta, still exist but are based in Rome where they run a hospital. The Maltese used currency derived from their neighbors the Sicilians; 20 grani = one tari, 12 tari = one scudo.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 5.22 g.

Catalog reference: Schembri S. 204.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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