Malta 1790 30 tari Dav-1608
This specimen was lot 42493 in Stack's Bowers Winter sale (Baltimore, November 2015), where it sold for $141. The catalog description noted, "MALTA. 30 Tari, 1790. Emmanuel de Rohan (1775-97). NGC AU Details--Mount Removed. As Grand Master of the Order of Saint John, Emmanuel de Rohan revised the legal code and otherwise brought a degree of enlightenment to the island of Malta. Evidence of mount removal at twelve o'clock on reverse. A few adjustment marks on the obverse, and with a decent portrait. An impressive large silver crown size coin from the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Pedigree: From the Ray Czahor Collection." 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. This scarce type is listed for 1781, 1785, 1789 and 1790.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: Dav-1608; KM-327; Schembri-10; Restelli-Sammut-30
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