Malta 2 euros 2016 - Maltese Prehistoric Sites - Ġgantija

Obverse of Malta 2 euros 2016 - Maltese Prehistoric Sites - Ġgantija
Details This coin is the first in a series of seven coins depicting Maltese prehistoric sites. The Ggantija Temples are two prehistoric temples on Gozo, the second-largest island in Malta. One of them is the oldest stone structure in the world, predating Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids by hundreds of years. Round in shape and containing statues of full-figured goddesses, the Ggantija temples were dedicated to the Great Earth Mother and probably included an oracle. The site was a place of pilgrimage for the ancient inhabitants of Malta.

The two temples of Gjantija are estimated to be 5,800 years old (built between 3600 and 3000 BC). According to an ancient legend, the temple walls were built in one day and one night by a female giant named Sunsuna, who did it while nursing a baby. Ggantija is Maltese for "giant's grotto." Ggjantija seems to have been a place to pray for healing. Together with other similar structures, these have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Megalithic Temples of Malta.

The coin has 3 different varieties. Type A has no mintmarks and has been issued in rolls. Type B bears the mintmark of Monnaie de Paris and can be found in coin-cards, as well as one thousand BU sets. Type C has the mintmark F and the coins are only available in BU sets.

Issue date: June 2016
Specifications Diameter - 25.75mm Thickness - 2.2mm Weight - 8.5gr
Composition BiAlloy (Nk/Ng), ring Cupronickel (75% copper - 25% nickel clad on nickel core), center Nickel brass (75% copper - 20% zinc - 5% nickel)
Edge Combination of the number 2 and two Maltese Crosses, repeated six times
Comments Designer: Noel Galea Bason.
Mintage 350,000 pieces

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