Malta 1665 4 tari

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Sincona sale 43, lot 2577
This specimen was lot 2577 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 7,500 CHF (about US$8,950 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"MALTA, Nicolas Cotoner, 1663-1680 4 Tari 1665. Valetta. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. Überdurchschnittliche Erhaltung. (Order of Malta, Nicolas Cotoner, 1663-1680, four tari if 1665, Valetta mint. Very fine-extremely fine, Better than average.)"
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. Many of the baroque coins of Malta feature the severed head of John the Baptist on a platter. This type is noted for 1663-68 and 1673.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 10.94 g.

Catalog reference: KM 102, Restelli/Sammut 3.


  • 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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