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No changeover for people with old Lm20 notes

A number of people who turned up at the Central Back to change into euros Lm20 banknotes depicting former President Agatha Barbara left empty handed as the note ceased to be exchangeable after December 2, 2002.

A spokesman for the Central Bank said Agatha Barbara banknotes of Lm2, Lm5 and Lm10 denominations could still be exchanged and, in fact, a number of people were calling at the Bank to do so.

The Lm2 and Lm5 banknotes are exchangeable until June 15, 2008 while the Lm10 banknote will remain exchangeable until September 13, 2010, Alex Borg, Central Bank manager at the external relations office, said.

These notes were released on March 17, 1986 under the Central Bank's Fourth Series programme. Each note depicts the late Ms Barbara, an old traditional Maltese sailing craft, a map of the Maltese islands, a dove holding an olive branch and a spiral motif from the Tarxien Neolithic temples discovered in 1914, on the front. The back illustrates various traditional and commercial activities and a monument and building of outstanding architectural qualities. Three panoramic views are also included. The emblem of the Republic appears on the back while the words Bank Centrali ta' Malta appear on both sides of the notes.

The predominant colour of the Lm2 bank note is red, measuring 138 millimetres in length and 66.5 millimetres in width. The front depicts the Brigantin, an old Maltese sailing ship used in 1531. The back depicts Marsaxlokk harbour, depot for the international transhipment of goods, and a crane installed at the transhipment project. This banknote ceased to be legal tender on June 15, 1998.

The Lm5 note's predominant colour is blue, measuring 145 millimetres in length and 69 millimetres in width. The front depicts the Xprunara, another old Maltese sailing ship used in 1798. The back depicts Ghadira beach and a woman engaged in lace making and a fisherman in the course of making fishing pots. This banknote also ceased to be legal tender on June 15, 1998.

The Lm10's predominant colour is green, measuring 152 millimetres in length and 72.5 millimetres in width. The front depicts the Tartana, used in 1740. The back includes the Grand Harbour and the Central Bank building. The banknote ceased to be legal tender on September 13, 2000.

The Lm20 note consists of various shades of brown and features the Xambekk (used in 1743) on the front. The back shows the monument dedicated to the Maltese worker, in Msida and the Auberge de Castille, Valletta. The note ceased to be legal tender on November 30, 1992.

For further information visit the Central Bank's website at www.centralbankmalta.com.

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