Malta 1741 2 scudi Dav-1599

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Jean Elsen sale 121, lot 1464
Malta 1741 2 scudi rev JElsen 121-1464.jpg
This specimen was lot 1464 in Jean Elsen sale 121 (Brussels, June 2014), where it sold for €360 (about US$577 including buyers' fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"MALTE, Ordre de Saint-Jean, Emmanuel Pinto (1741-1773), AR 2 scudi, 1741, Droit: B. cuirassé à gauche. Légende F· EMMAN-VEL PINTO. Revers: Ecu échancré et couronné dans un cartouche orné. Rare. presque Très Beau. (Malta, Order of St. John, Emmanuel Pinto (1741-73), silver two scudi of 1741. Obverse: armored bust to left; reverse: crowned arms in an ornate cartouche. Rare, about 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 = 1 tari, 12 tari = 1 scudo. The Order also struck ducats and double ducats.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 24,33 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-1599; Schembri, 158, 1; R.& S., 94.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 121, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2014.

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