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CENTRAL BANK OF MALTA
The arms were officially granted in 1969.
The arms are based on the National Arms of Malta, with in chief a key for safekeeping and the key is also a symbol for economic progress and security.
The mural crown is symbolic of Malta's historic role as a fortress. The motto, "Fiducia Fortis" means "In Confidence Strength," and "1968" is the date of the Bank's foundation.
The two supporting Knights of Malta are a unique feature with very special significance. The Knights represent confidence and strength, the two virtues incorporated in the Bank's motto. The supporters symbolise some of the greatest pages in Malta's long military history, which, for more than two-and-a-half centuries, was ruled by the Order of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem. The plumed helmet of a knight which surmounts the shield also has a special connection to Malta as it was modelled on one found on a monument in the 16th century Co-Cathedral of St John in Valletta, built by the Knights.
The arms in Valetta
The arms on a 1988 coin (source)
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