Malta 1790 30 tari Dav-1609

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Jean Elsen sale 121, lot 1476
Malta 1790 30 tari rev JElsen 121-1476.jpg
This specimen was lot 1476 in Jean Elsen sale 121 (Brussels, June 2014), where it sold for €250 (about US$400 including buyers' fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"MALTE, Ordre de Saint-Jean, Emmanuel de Rohan (1775-1797), AR 30 tari, 1790, Droit: B. drapé et cuirassé à droite. En dessous, petite aigle. Revers: Ecu couronné, posé sur une aigle éployée sans tête. Très Beau. (Malta, Order of St. John, Emmanuel de Rohan (1775-97), silver thirty tari of 1790. Obverse: armored and draped bust to right, a small eagle below; reverse: crowned arms on an eagle displayed without a head. 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. This scarce type is listed for 1789-96.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 29,56 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-1609; Schembri, 175, 11; KM-335.1.


  • 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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