Żejtun Coin (Il-Munita taż-Żejtun)

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Żejtun Coin (Il-Munita taż-Żejtun)

At the beginning of the 20th century, all those who attended church to hear mass or for other religious functions, had to pay one farthing to be given a chair to sit on.

Due to the fact that the cost of living was on the rise, a problem for those in charge arose when they had to give change for the payment of chairs. As a result Fr Spir Grixti, one of the three people in charge of the parish, asked Giovanni Critien to make 6,000 aluminium coins with the name "Żeitun" (Żejtun) on them.

The actual Żejtun Coin
The actual Żejtun Coin

It did not take long to manufacture and start using these farthing coins in church. These coins became so popular that they started being used in shops and in other villages besides Żejtun. They then used to be changed back to the official currency in the church of Żejtun.

After being used for about five years, this coin ceased to be used. The reason being that the Civil Authorities informed the Żejtun Parish to stop using this coin because it was an illegal practice.

Source: Żejtun Commision for the Restoration of the Chandeliers (2011)