DEFINITION of 'MTL (Maltese Lira)'

The currency abbreviation for the Maltese lira (MTL), the currency for Malta from 1972 until December of 2007. The Maltese lira was made up of 100 cents or 1,000 mils, although mils stopped circulating in 1994. The Maltese lira was often presented with the symbol Lm or £ (used locally), and was sometimes referred to as the Maltese pound in English.

Malta adopted the Euro in January 2008.

BREAKING DOWN 'MTL (Maltese Lira)'

Malta gained its independence from England in 1964, but until 1972 the British pound continued to circulate. In 1971, when the United Kingdom decimalized, Malta did not follow suit, and instead created its own decimal system based on the lira. From 1973 until 1986 both the pound and lira circulated, after which the lira circulated exclusively.

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