Not what you would call a particularly prolific issuer of commemorative coins, this is in fact our first look at a new release from the island state and we’re starting with a fine one. Part of the Europa Coin Programme, this new coin was designed and engraved by Noel Galea Bason, a Maltese coin sculptor and engraver with over 60 coins to his credit. The subject of the coin is a sculpture by world renowned artist Antonio Sciortino. Called Dangerous Sport, it’s a striking work capturing a clever representation of movement, which he produced in 1937 while working in Rome.
The coin design is very nicely done. A straightforward representation of the sculpture with some minimal inscriptions sounds pretty unadventurous, but the subjects dramatic nature, combined with some nice placement seem to add up to a fine looking piece. The obverse incorporates the Eurostar logo as required by the rules of the programme, as well as a more extravagent version in the background. The emblem of Malta sits right in the middle.
Issued as a one standard ounce sterling silver coin, or as a 6.5g gold coin with an identical design, the pair are struck at the Royal Dutch Mint and should sell for €60 and €320 respectively. They can be purchased directly from the banks online e-shop facility at www.centralbankmalta.org, or we’ve seen them at some dealers like Aurinium in Germany. These 2016 coins will be part of five-year themed series within the Eurostar programme that will be dedicated to different periods of European art-forms and history. Others will be Modern 20th century (2016), The Age of iron and glass (2017), Baroque and Rococo (2018), Renaissance (2019) and Gothic (2020).