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Source: Melita Historica. [Published by the Malta Historical Society]. 2(1959)4(262-263)

DENARO, Victor F., The Maltese Obsidional Coins of 1800, Reprinted from the “Numismatic Chronicle,”Sixth Series, Vol. XVIII, 1958, pp. 173-176.

The author of this extract has already published a few studies on the coinage struck by the French in Malta in 1798-1800. In the present article he turns his attention to the 30-tari pieces of the Occupation Period identical with those struck by the last Grand [p.263] Master, Hompesch. In giving the results of his inquiry, Mr. Denaro not unnaturally finds it hard to believe that the eight-pointed Cross of the Knights should have been struck by the French on the obsidional coins under review. On the insufficient evidence available, however, the author did not feel justified in reaching any definite conclusions and he very prudently ended by saying that “after having stated all the facts the writer does not feel himself competent to pass a verdict on the coins forming the object of this paper.” The door is thus left open to further research on the subject.

J.[oseph] C.[assar] P.[ullicino]