Following a competition which was launched at the beginning of the scholastic year among secondary school students at state, Church and independent schools, a design was chosen yesterday for a new two Euro coin issued by the Central Bank. The coin will come out in the form of a Coin Card. The Governor of the Central Bank Josef Bonnici said that around 30,000 coins would be issued. He said that the Central Bank has the faculty of issuing a limited edition of two coins per year. One of these coins will carry an image of Ġgantija while the other one will carry the design of the competition winner.
Sarah Cilia from St Joseph’s school in Blata l-Bajda is the student who managed to impress both the artistic jury and secondary school students. The jury shortlisted five designs out of the 168 submissions, while the students voted from among the five finalists in order to choose the winning design. Ms Cilia said that her design portrays a heart in which there is the Maltese flag and two hands wearing rings which include the logo of the Community Chest Fund. She explained that one of the hands symbolizes all the Maltese generations.
While presenting the prizes to the finalists, President of Malta Marie Louise Coleiro Preca congratulated the Central Bank and the Ministry of Education for choosing love as the first theme in the project Tfal B’Solidarjetà (Children in Solidarity). She explained that love is the foundation of every value, including respect and dignity. On the other hand, she had a message for adults saying that they need to be careful how they are influencing their children, because the messages from adults to children will determine their future.
Charles Saliba from the Central Bank said that the project Tfal b’Solidarjetà is spread over five years and its main aim is to teach children how to make good decisions in life.