Ferdinand von Hompesch zu Bolheim

The 71st Grandmaster of

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 The Sovereign Military and Hospitaller
Order of St. John
of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta

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17 July 1797 (Left Malta on 18 June 1798, died at Montpellier, France, 12 May 1805)

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Commémoration historique : Ferdinand von Hompesch.
Commémoration historique - Ferdinand von Hompesch.


Bust of Grand Master, r.
Arms of the Grand Master placed on a double-headed eagle holding
in each beak a Tau cross and surmounted by a royal crown.
The date 17-98, and the value T.-30 flank the crown.

30 Tari 1798, Malta. FERDINANDVS - HOMPESCH M M Geharnischte und drapierte Büste l., auf der Brust das Malteserkreuz, darunter ein Punkt. Rv. HOSPITAL - ET - S - SEP HIER Gekrönter Doppeladler mit Malteserkreuzen in den Schnäbeln und quadriertem Wappen auf der Brust, oben 17 - 98 und die Wertangabe T - 30. 29,65 g. RS 8. Schembri 3. Dav. 1611. Schöne leichte Patina.
Fast Stempelglanz

Schembri vermutet, dass die Taler Ferdinands mit dem Punkt unter der Büste in der Zeit der französischen Besatzung Maltas geprägt wurden und so von den tatsächlich unter Ferdinand geprägten unterschieden werden konnten.

Grand Master Ferdinand de Hompesch (1797-98), a German, was weak and irresolute. He was not the fight person to face the oncoming storm. In 1797 all Europe, with the exception of England, was at Napoleon's feet. However, the Emperor's eyes were set on the East and Egypt was to be his base of operations. For this he needed naval supremacy in the Mediterranean. The capture of Malta was essential to Napoleon and once again the island became a coveted fortress. The Maltese were prepared to resist the French but both munitions and provision were denied to them by order of the Grand Master. On June 11, 1798 Hompesch capitulated. A few days later, the Grand Master and what was left of the once proud and powerful order, left their impregnable fortress of Malta and sailed away.

This is Hompesch Gate which is a triumph arch built as a monument for the last Grand Master of Malta Ferdinand von Hompesch. He visited Zabbar in September of 1897 during the feast. In a week's time he ordered Zabbar a city, and it bears his name till today - Citta' Gratiosae Hompesch.

Zabbar - Citta' Hompesch

History Of the Knights of Malta: Ferdinand von Hompesch

International Civic Heraldry- MALTA - ZABBAR

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