January 2013 Event: History of Malta through Coinage


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MHA-Jan13-Ray-BommiciGuest Speaker, Mr Ray BonniciOn January 29th the MHA started the monthly presentations for 2013 with a special guest speaker. We were lucky to have Mr Ray Bonnici (pictured right) who has been visiting from Malta and who works at the Central Bank of Malta.

Mr Bonnici spoke about the museum located at the Central Bank of Malta (CBM), where some of the original coins are displayed.

Coins in Malta have been in circulation in excess of two millennia – since 550 BC. The first known coins found in Malta were those of the Carthaginians. During that period, Malta became a Carthaginian naval base and trading station. They were largely made of bronze, though silver and gold ones were also found.

 

Malta was raided by the Romans during the first Punic War but remained in Carthaginian hands. During this period, Malta also had an important Greek settlement. A few Greek coins were also found in Malta.

MHA-Jan13-AudienceThe audience at the MHA EventThe Romans took control of the Maltese Islands in 218 BC resulting in an influx of Roman coins. Moreover, the Maltese Islands had the privilege of minting their own coins. They were made of bronze, the only metal that the Romans permitted. By the end of the first century BC, the Maltese islands stopped minting their coins.

After the Romans came the Byzantines (around 533–535AD). During this period Byzantine coins circulated in Malta. They were made of gold, silver and bronze.

When came the Arabs. Gold and silver coins were found pertaining to this era. The Arabs did not give Malta much importance and trade never flourished under them. However, a Fatimid Quarter-Dinar was found in Malta with an imprint that is was actually minted in Malta. PIC One can see this coin at the Museum of the CBM.

MHA-Jan13-PresentationMHA President Mrs Frances Bonnici thanking Mr Ray Bonnici for his presentation and donation of book and coins.After his talk, Mr Bonnici presented Mrs Frances Bonnici, MHA President with commemorative coins and history books: 'Maltese Constitutional History', 'History of the Auberge d'Italie - Palatial Buildings of Valletta', 'Auberge de Castille and the Castellania', 'From Scudo to Sterling' and 'Malta – the History of the Coinage.'

Mr Bonnici was in Melbourne visiting his relatives. Born in Zurrieq in 1957, he completed his secondary schooling and Advanced Level subjects in Math and Physics, before being successful in a recruitment examination for employment with the Central Bank of Malta. He joined the Bank in 1976, only 8 years after it was established. He later graduated in Financial Services from the Malta Branch of the Institute of Bankers. He has been with the Central Bank for 36 years and is currently the Director of Corporate Services.

MHA-Jan13-Books-and-coins-donatedThe commemorative coins and history books presented to MHA by Mr Ray Bonnici

For more information about the Central Bank visit its website at www.centralbankmalta.org

Mr. Ray Bonnici was visiting relatives in Australia, from Malta. He was born in Zurrieq in 1957. After completing his secondary schooling and Advanced Level in Math and Physics, he was successful in a recruitment examination for employment with the Central Bank of Malta. He commenced his term with the Bank in 1976. He later graduated in Financial Services from the Malta Branch of the Institute of bankers. He is currently the Director of Corporate Services at the Central Bank of Malta.

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