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Welcome to my Coins of Malta web site. This site has images of all the coins in my collection, which includes coins from the Roman period when Malta and Gozo were called Melita and Gaulos, and coins of the Knights of Malta, that were minted in Malta between 1530 and 1798.

There is also a link to my study of the coins of the Knights of Malta, where my aim is to catalogue every variety of coins that were minted by the Knights in Malta. 

You will also find links to other items of interest including a brief history of each Grand Master, articles, list of books on the subject and other private collections.

I hope you enjoy your visit.

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John Gatt

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  1. hi I’m a diver here in Malta and have found a few old coins and i am interested in finding out more about them. I’ve tried to research them but have had no luck. its down to personal interest rather than value as id like to know more about them etc. can you recommend any sources of info or maybe someone that could help please. I’m in the Buggiba area

  2. I have sold a couple of Order of Malta coins to you. I would like to inform you of an auction–the Heritage Gallery Auction that is open now–that is listing the following: “Order of Malta. Group of silver coins from the Order of Malta including (4) 1 Scudo, and (4) 2 Scudi. (total 8 coins)” That is the only information. It is the Dallas HQ of Heritage that is doing the closed gallery auction. Their phone # is 1 800 872 6467. Their email is Bid@HA.com.

  3. To Mr Gatt,
    I don’t want to waste your valuable time on elementary aspects, however I wish to ask How do you distinguish between a Scudi and a Scudo on the 1796 Emmanuel de Rohan Order of Malta? Both have 2 s on the obverse. Thank you Simon Agius

  4. Dear Mr. Gatt,
    I wrote you in the past about a De Pins Gigliato in your collection. I’m interested in Grand Masters coins during the Rhodes period. My question is this. In your visits of world public collections of Knights of Malta coins you find also pieces of Rhodes? If yes where? Last. Perhaps you have photos or detailled list also for these coins? Thanks in advance for your kindly answer.
    Best Regards
    Giovanni Petroccione
    ITALY

      1. Dear John,
        many thanks for your reply.
        Do you think possible send me the list of the museums with approximately the no. of pieces of Rhodes? (eg about 20 or 50 or 100 or more coins).
        About British Museum and Ritterhaus have you the possibility to send me by mail the photos of Rhodes coins? (this only for my personal archive).
        I’m waiting for your answer.
        Ciao
        Giovanni

        1. Dear Giovanni,

          I am very busy working on the 6500 Knights of Malta coins I took photographs of during my revenant trip to Europe. If you can please contact me in 6 months time I may be able to help you. In the mean time I have given the British Museum all the photos I took of their collection including the coins from Rhodes. The museum should be putting these photos onto their web site soon.

  5. Hi John.
    Where is the ‘National Museum’ collection in Malta displayed? No one at the Museum of Fine Arts (where I thought they would be) or at the Archeaology museum seem to know,
    Thanks,
    Colin.

    1. G’day Colin,
      Unfortunately, the National collection is not displayed. A small part was recently displayed at the Grand Masters Palace during the Great Siege 1565 – 2015 Exhibition. That was where I was going when we meet in Valletta that morning. There are a few collections on display. the biggest is The Cathedral collection Mdina, followed by Central Bank’s collection then there are some smaller collection at – Palazzo Falson, St Agatha’s Museum and at the Zabbar Sanctuary Museum. I have photographs of the coins in all these museums and I will be sending the museums copies when I finish my work. Hopefully they will then put them on there web sites as the British museum is currently doing with the photos I took there last year.

  6. I sold a Malta coin to you some time ago and you indicated you would want to know if I got more for sale. I have a 1790 30 tari coin graded by NGC as AU Details (mount removed). The mount removal was done very well. It is on my ebay web site if you want to look at it. I would want 200 or a bit less for it. Thank you for your interest, Richard Rude

  7. Thank you for your web site, it is surely interesting.
    I would like to know where the knights used to mint coins please.

    best regards

    Mario

    1. The original mint site is unknown, but was probably in Birgu at Fort St Angelo. After Valletta was built, it was moved to the Grand Masters Palace and then to St. Sebastian Street (also known as Old Mint street) and in 1778 was again moved to the Conservatoria, this is where the National Library now stands.
      The French continued minting Hompesch coins and silver and gold ingots until they ran out of supplies due to the Maltese blockade.
      All the minting machinery was sold by the British in 1828 for 100 pounds to a Greek merchant. This machinery was then used to mint the first Greek republic coins.

  8. I am doing a small project for my place of work at Monte di Pieta. by publish a booklet (Free issue) of the history and i had to use same photo that one can find on the web- sites. Can I use your photos(coins)?
    a
    My email at work is anton.e.borg@gov.mt

    1. G’day Anthony,

      You are most welcome to use any of my images for your booklet. If you need better quality images please advise me of what you need and I will email them to you. I am coming to Malta this November to photograph coins at the National Museum and the cathedral museum so I would like to see the finished product if I can.
      Regards

      John Gatt

      1. Saint Agatha’s Catacombs museum also has some interesting coins, though many are in a bad state.
        Colin.

      1. You are most welcome to visit when you’re in Malta. I have a small collection of about 100 coins of various denominations and Grandmasters if you wish to use for your research.
        Regards and congratulations on your interesting website and collection.
        Colin.

        1. G’day Colin,
          It will be a pleasure to photograph your collection. Could you please send me a list of the coins in your collection? I can visit you at your home or you are most welcome to come to our rented apartment in Floriana. Could you also please email me at jagatt@gmail.com with your contact details including your phone number.

          Also thank you for your information about St. Agatha. I have been there in 2010 and photograph their 30 Tari coins and I intend visiting again to do the rest of their collection. I haven’t contacted them as yet and was wondering if you have a contact at the museum? as it seems I have lost the name of the contact I had.

  9. Can please explain Rarity section: R1 to R4. RI, I assume is Rare 1 to Rare 4 but in which scale ie. Is Rare 1 the rarest or vice versa. And than you mark S, what does that mean, Similar, scarce, or what does it mean?

  10. Congratulations on the beautiful collection and the very interesting site which you are sharing. Maybe you could please tell me which is the best way to store coins? I have tried plastic but it does not seem very practical, humidity seems to attach the coins, even though the plastic pockets which I purchased were specific for coins. I have tried tissue papers and it seems to work but not very practical. I am very interested to know your views if you care to let me know.
    regards

    1. G’day Christine,
      Thank you for your comments about my collection.
      You asked about storing coins, I use capsules, they are air tight and come in a range of sizes to fit all coins. I buy them of the internet from a company in Germany, here is the link http://www.kosel.com/en/sh/lecaps.htm they cost Euro 3.50 to 4.50 per pack of 10 depending on the size. I buy about 20 different sizes to fit the various coin sizes.

      Regarding your question on the rarity. The R numbers I list are based on the catalogue ” The Coinage of the Knights in Malta” by Felice Restelli and Joseph Sammut. They list the following:-
      S=Scarce
      R.1=Rare
      R.2=Very rare
      R.3=Extremely rare
      R.4=Highest rarity
      PU=Probably unique
      This is only a guide as I have found that it is not accurate.

      As you may have noticed I am working on a Study that I hope when finished will be published into a book. I have been working on it for over 5 years and have 3 or 4 more years work to go. So far I have written over 270 pages of what I expect to be a 600 page book of every coin by die variety minted by the Knights during their stay in Malta 1530 – 1798.

      I would be very pleased if you could email me pictures (both sides) of all your coins of the Knights you have to help me with this study- also if possible advise me the edge type as listed in my study http://coinsofmalta.com/Study/30tariedges.htm , weight, size and rotation of the coins. I will then advise you of how many of each particular coin I have seen in private and public (Museums)collections I have seen.

      Regards
      John Gatt

      1. Thank you Mr. Gatt. I am just learning more about my heritage and I admire and appreciate all the work you have done concerning this project. God Bless You!

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