Malta 1777 30 tari Dav-1606

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1951
This specimen was lot 1951 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 600 CHF (about US$720 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"MALTA, Emanuel de Rohan, 1775-1797. 30 Tari 1777, Valetta. Sehr schön. (Order of Malta, Emanuel de Rohan, 1775-97, thirty tari of 1777, Valetta mint. 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 1777 only but is among the more available of this denomination. 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 29.25 g.

Catalog reference: KM-308; Dav-1606; Restelli/Sammut 15.


  • 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]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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