We’re admirers of what the Germania Mint has achieved over the last few years. They’ve built a cohesive coin range, running from bullion coins, to some beautiful numismatics, all themed around the semi-historical region of ‘Germania’. They simultaneously have the benefits of a national identity, even if it has tenuous links to reality, and of a freedom brought about by the lack of modern political influence. The range is quite wide already, and very well defined, with a national flora, a national personification, and real historical personalities.
Now, however, they’ve partnered up with a modern country. Malta is a little jewel in the Mediterranean. having been occupied for at least 8,000 years, with a rich and dramatic history. The Germania Mint and the Central Bank of Malta have chosen the Knights of Malta as the first in their ‘Knights of the Past’ series. A pair of knights bearing the symbol of the famous Knights Hospitaller adorn the reverse face. One is mounted, all are armed. In the background is the Verdala Palace, a landmark of Malta still in use today.