Malta 1761 30 tari Dav-1601A

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Jean Elsen sale 121, lot 1469
Malta 1761 30 tari rev JElsen 121-1469.jpg
This specimen was lot 1469 in Jean Elsen sale 121 (Brussels, June 2014), where it sold for €130 (about US$208 including buyers' fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"MALTE, Ordre de Saint-Jean, Emmanuel Pinto (1741-1773), AR 30 tari, 1761. Graffiti au revers. presque Très Beau. (Malta, Order of St. John, Emmanuel Pinto (1741-73), silver thirty tari of 1761. Gafitti on reverse, about very fine.)"
The thirty tari was the equivalent of the piastra and was issued until the island was occupied by the French in 1798. This type was issued 1761 only in several varieties. 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.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 29,23 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-1601A; Schembri, 157, 13; KM-265.2.


  • 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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