Maritime Aviation in Malta
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The issue of this medal coincides with the Como to Malta Seaplanes Rally, which will be held between 6 and 7th October 2017.This seaplanes rally, which is in its second edition, is organised by the Malta Seaplanes Association in collaboration with the Aero Club Como in northern Italy. This rally is reminiscent of the long-distance flying challenges undertaken in the heyday of seaplane flying in the first half of the twentieth century.
On 13 February 1915, Captain Cecil Kilner made the first recorded flight from Malta on a Short Admiralty Type 135 seaplane which was carried by HMS Ark Royal then berthed in Grand Harbour. This event is depicted on the medal’s obverse as a celebration of Malta’s historic ties with maritime aviation. The medal reverse carries the coat of arms of the Central Bank of Malta together with the date of issue 2017.This commemorative medal was struck at the Royal Dutch Mint. It is made of cupro-nickel, has a weight of 31g and a diameter of 41mm. It is struck in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) quality and the mintage is limited to just 800 medals. The design on the obverse of the medal was made by Noel Galea Bason.