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Ka-ching! Did you know that Malta switched from the Pound Sterling to the Maltese Lira back in 1972?
After 1986 the Maltese lira was abbreviated as 'Lm'

Francesca Vella

In 1972, Malta made the currency change from the Pound Sterling to the Maltese lira, referred to in Maltese as ‘lira Maltija’. This change was also called the decimalisation of the currency, as it is uses units related by powers of 10, such as 100 cents being equivalent to 1 Maltese Lira.

While this change was ongoing, to help their passengers understand the new currency when buying their bus tickets, the Żebbuġ and Siġġiewi Bus Service produced the two-sided card shown in the photo.

The Maltese lira stopped being used on 31 December 2007 after Malta joined the European union and converted to the Euro like most European states. Similar two-sided cards were produced during this change to help people with the conversion from Maltese Lira to Euro.

Do you remember the Maltese lira, or even the Pound Sterling?

21st June 2024


Francesca Vella
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Francesca Vella
Francesca has always felt most at home in a cinema or theatre, particularly if musicals are involved. She loves to read, write, and share about her experiences of both the fictional and the real world.

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