Gozitan student Katya Muscat wins €2 coin design competition
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The second €2 commemorative coin from the ‘From Children in Solidarity’ coin programme has been issued by the Central Bank of Malta.
The winning design for this year, was submitted by 12-year-old Katya Muscat who attends the Bishop’s Conservatory Secondary School in Victoria, Gozo.
The theme of this year’s coin is ‘PEACE’ and follows on that issued in 2016 with the theme ‘Solidarity through Love.
Her design was selected from 37 submissions and shows two young children holding the Maltese flag with the dove of peace flying overhead. It will be issued by the Central Bank of Malta in coin cards and commemorative coin rolls.
The completion was organised by the Central Bank of Malta in collaboration with the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation and coordinated by the Ministry for Education and Employment.
The coin’s engraver, Noel Galea Bason, converted the design to make it suitable for coining whilst remaining faithful to the qualities of an artwork produced by a young hand.
Central Bank of Malta Governor Mario Vella said that the Bank is very proud of its role in this initiative and pledged to continue in its effort to bring the Bank close to the young with a view to encourage their sense of solidarity and social responsibility.
President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, presided over the prize giving ceremony and stated that, “the theme of peace is truly opportune to help us understand how in reality we must work for peace every day, even in our country, because peace is not just the absence of war or conflict.”
She added that, “Peace must come straight from the heart of each and every one of us by understanding and recognising that each one of us deserves respect and dignity.”
“I congratulate Katya who came up with this concept, which was then adapted by Noel Galea Bason. I also want to congratulate the Central Bank of Malta, because in this way the Bank is helping those among us who are vulnerable, and who resort to the assistance of the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation,” said the President.
These commemorative coins will be issued in circulation quality in rolls of 25 coins each as well as in coin cards.
The coins in the cards, of which only 30,000 will be made, will bear a mint-mark of the Monnaie de Paris, where the coins were minted. The cost of a roll of 25 coins is €70, while that of a coin card is €7.
The profits from the sale of the coin cards will be channelled in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation.
The coins may be purchased directly from the Malta Coin Centre’s online e-shop facility. For further information, the public is kindly requested to contact the Malta Coin Centre by calling (+356) 2550 6006/7/8.
Top Photograph: DOI/Kevin Abela