Malta Issues Tribute to Historic “Patakka”

September 21, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Euro Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, World Coins

By: Dan Holmes (News and Commentary on World Coins)


A brand-new numismatic coin, issued by the Central Bank of Malta, pays homage to a very old symbol: the Maltese Cross.

The origins of the eight-pointed emblem reach back to the 6th century, when it appeared as an ornamental feature in Byzantine art and architecture. It was adopted in the late 15th century as a symbol of the Order of the Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem (the “Knights Hospitaller”)—a Catholic military order that ministered to the pilgrims to the Holy Land. The order provided shelter, medicine, and eventually armed escort. The eight points of the cross were… Full article at the source>

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