Malta’s €1 and €2 coins show the eight-pointed Maltese cross, the emblem used by the Sovereign Order of Malta (Order of Saint John). This order was based on Malta between 1530 and 1798. The eight-pointed cross is a symbol with a long history. Numerous variants can be found in the ancient world.
Euro coins and banknotes were introduced on 1 January 2002 in twelve countries. Today, the euro area has grown to include 18 countries. Euro coins feature a common design on one side. Also, the national side (reverse) of every coin includes a ring of 12 stars from the European Union flag. Each country has its own design for the national side of its coins.