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Isle of Man Viking Boat and/or Long-boat Fifty pence in 1979 (metals mixed)
First of all, this chapter all is about Isle of Man Viking Boats heptagon 50p coins. Metals will come across between copper-nickel (i.e., CN) and silver (i.e., AG) at the same time. Secondly, more importantly, it is a way to explore 50p coins struck by the Pobjoy mint (hereafter, the Mint) in 1979 ONLY. The Pobjoy Mint is a limited company registered in England and Wales, and the capital letters of PM is their mint mark. They introduced so-called the batch codes (i.e., AA/AB/…) in 1979. The batch codes are somehow in a way which is a key fact to see how hard and complex picturing viking boats 50p coins. However, on the other hands, the codes show off how much effort(s) the Mint build up IOM coinage in later 1970s.
In order to understand or have a clear picture of 1979 IOM 50p coins, we start from 50p silver proof coins in 1979, because it is a very good starting point. Therefore, you are able to see 50p silver proof coins as follows:
- Viking Long-boat over the island 50p Coin with t privy (PF, year proof set)*,
- Viking Boat voyage 50p coin with D batch code (PFs, individual)*,
- Viking Boat voyage 50p coin with E batch code (PFs, individual)*,
- Viking Boat voyage 50p coin with F batch code (PF/BU, individual)*,
- Viking Boat voyage 50p coin with D batch code in 1980 (PF, individual, very special one)*>.
(Note*: PF stands for proof, BU= brilliant uncirculated. The year set means the place the coin comes from. Individual means the coin presents in a gift/collector box.)
Bearing in mind that,
- a). if you are very clear above 50p silver coins, you may continue to read information below. Or
- b). if you are very familiar with all 50p coins on CN, we hope it may give you more extra info to amend your own picture on all 50p coins in 1979.
1. Viking Long-boat 50p Coin over the island with the t privy (PF, year proof set).
From 1976 to 1979 all reverses were carrying out Viking the Long-boat with Odin’s Raven. Both obverse and reverse sides are noted the Mint mark (PM) from 1977 to 1979. Interestingly, the two-side mint marks on a coin changed after the t privy appeared in 1979, instead one-side the mint mark (i.e., “obverse”, it normally is underneath the bust) and one-side a theme (i.e., “reverse”) with a two-digit batch code (i.e., a letter for precious metals, two letters for base metals). Also, a batch code was first introduced in 1979. Variation(s) can be seen in 1.1 & 1.2 below.
Viking Long-boat 50p silver proof coin over the island with the t privy below.
IOM coinages in transit–a), banknotes 50p stop circulating after 1979. These require enormous 50p coins in place; b), the reverse’s design is no longer over the island, and become a art related design; c), the design transfers to Millennium voyage from Odin’s raven in 1979, and most importantly it is one year reverse only.
1.1 Currency coins (a set of 4 coins exclusive has two designs at the same time with and/or without the privy t)
—01 AA(t) (i.e., the AA production batch codes with the privy t and PM both sides at the same time).
—02 AB(t) (i.e., the AB production batch codes with the privy t and PM both sides at the same time).
In brief, the privy t cancels PM on reverse in pictures shown in 1.1.01 and 1.1.02,
The privy t is moving on sail instead Odin’s Raven,
The privy t existence shows the existence of the production codes AA/AB.
—03 AA (the AA production batch codes with Manx Millennium Voyage and PM on obverse only, and the privy t has gone).
—04 AB (the AB production batch codes with Manx Millennium Voyage and PM on obverse only, and the privy t has gone).
In brief, the privy t is on sail Manx Millennium Voyage surrounding in pictures shown in 1.1.03 and 1.1.04,
The new design matches replica men shipped down from Norway in July 1979,
The production codes AA/AB are in place,
The new designed Viking 50p coins were used to commemorate Q.E. II Royal visit IOM 1979.
—05 AA (UNC From square box)
—06 AB (UNC From square box)
In brief, pictures shown in 1.1.05 and 1.1.06, the coins have better quality and details.
To sum up for this part, the production batch codes were AA(t), AA, AB(t) and AB only upon with two different reverse’s designs on 50p CN coins. But one variety only was in file on 50p silver coins (see Category I). First, the batch codes are letters from A to B. But it understands a simple metric used (2×2) based on a coin has two sides. The batch code contains a lot of information but we do not know them without help from the mint. Secondly, the object on the longboat in full-sail was one of the Odin’s Ravens. However, due to the fact of Viking the Millennium, Viking the boat in full-sail was changing to Millennium Voyage specially designed for Tynwald Millennium in 1979. Also, Viking the boat voyage was one year type only design in Viking boats series. Finally, the t privy is also a signal to tell collectors that the privy has a very important meaning this year. Sadly, there is no a place could confirm it.
In Norse mythology, Huginn (from Old Norse “thought”) and Muninn (Old Norse “desire” or “memory” or “mind”) are a pair of ravens that fly all over the world, Midgard, and bring information to the God, Odin. Apparently, only one raven was found on the reverse design from 1976 to 1979 (with t).
2. Viking Boat 50p Silver Proof Coins associated with D & F batch codes.
This type of coin is named after Tynwald set. It has two variants in terms of metal in this part, copper-nickel (CN) and sterling silver. 30k (from D below) + 70k (from F below) = 100k. This 100k means a lot. 1K = Millennium; 70k = 50k (1979 CN edges-inscribed coins in green boxes) + 20K (1980 CN edges-inscribed coins in folder, library finish).
2.1 D batch code without edge inscription silver (PF, individual)
PF in grade @ an issue limit of 30,000 coins.
Edges NO inscription.
This is for non-inscription proof.
2.2 F batch code without edge inscription silver (BU, individual)
BU in grade @ an issue limit of 70,000 coins.
Frosted mirrored-field on rev. & obv..
But edges WITHOUT inscription.
This cert is for F non-inscription BU.
2.3 Fifty pence coin in copper-nickel
I Day of Tynwald
- —01a Edge with lettering, AA, specially for Tynwald Millennium Voyage in 1979, from a green box (limited @ 50k, COA says)
- —01b Edge with lettering, AA, specially for Tynwald Millennium Voyage in 1979, from a green box (limited @ 50k, COA says)
II Day of Tynwald
- —02a Edge no inscription, AB, specially for Tynwald Millennium Voyage in 1979, from a green box (limited @ 100k, COA says)
- —02b Edge no inscription, AB, a Prooflike finish, specially for Tynwald Millennium Voyage in 1979, from a green box (limited @ 100k, COA says)
III Day of Tynwald
- —03a Edge no inscription, AC, a plain Satin finish, specially for Tynwald Millennium Voyage in 1979, from a green box (limited @ 100k, COA says)
- —03b Edge with lettering, AC, a special one in 1980, specially for attending the NY Viking show in 1980, from a grey folder (limited @ 20k, COA says)
IV Day of Tynwald
- —04a Edge with lettering, AD, specially for Tynwald Millennium Voyage in 1979, from a green box (limited @ 50k, COA says)
- —04b Edge with lettering, AD, specially for Tynwald Millennium Voyage in 1979, from a green box (limited @ 50k, COA says)
Fifty pence coins in copper-nickel above, (mainly come from square boxes and/or green (or black) presentation boxes mean that the coins), have very much different quality in grade. Two combinations we have talked here between part I and part II. One, the privy t with AA (from circulation) + the privy t with AB (from circulation) + AA (from circulation) + AB (from circulation) = 4 as a set. Two, AA (from I 01a & 01b above) + AB (from I 02a & 02b above) + AC (from III 03a & 03b above) + AD (from IV 04a & 04b above) = 8 as a set. Note the number 8 is equal to 7 PLUS 1. The 1 is a very special one, but everything in die letters, it means two arrays 7 and 8 (=4×2). The numbers 4 and 7 are very interesting if you know IOM history.
To sum up, we have talked about 2x 50p silver coins and 4x 50p coins in CN with different finishes. This class which contains 2 silver coins and 4 CN coins was named as Tynwald set. Also, the reverse design made by the Pobjoy Mint was one year only in 1979.
3. Viking Boat 50p Silver Proof Coins associated with D & E & F batch codes.
This type of coins is named Royal Visit set. 5k (D from below) + 5k (E from below) + 10k (F from below) + 10k (from Part I silver) = 30k. This 30k means lots.
3.1 D batch code with edge inscription silver coin (PF, individual)
PF grade @ 5,000 coins,
Inscribed on edges “ROYAL VISIT I. O. M JULY 1979 H. M Q. E – II” –(clockwise, from 9 position). Note proper reading it should be H.M__Q.E-II__ROYAL__VISIT__I.O.M.__JULY__1979
This is for PF inscribed.
3.2 E batch code with edge inscription silver coin (PF, individual)
PF grade @ 5,000 coins,
Only PF (E die) silver coin noted from this variety
Proper reading it should be H.M__Q.E-II__ROYAL__VISIT__I.O.M.__JULY__1979
This cert for PF inscribed.
3.3 F batch code with edge inscription silver coin (BU, individual)
BU grade @ 10,000 coins,
Matte finish on both sides.
BUT, inscribed on edges “ROYAL VISIT I. O. M JULY 1979 H. M Q. E – II” –(clockwise, from 9 position). Proper reading it should be H.M__Q.E-II__ROYAL__VISIT__I.O.M.__JULY__1979
This cert for BU inscribed.
3.4 CN 50p coins
to be continued…, but it is hard to be true. This is because the sample required is extremely huge.
3.5 Extra info
|Day of Tynwald, 5th July 1979 (=Topic)
|Element 5 (xM =5K)
||Element 5 (xM =5K)
|Element break-down 3 (+2 =5)
||Element break-down 2 (+3 =5)
AG: D_E_F (=3)
CN: AB(SRL)+ AB(PL)+ AC (=3)
AG: D_F (=2)
CN: AA(ins)+ AD(ins) (=2)
|Element edge lettering break-down 7 based on 1979
|Note: Each info contained within this table can be found from Part I/II/III, and M see Xmas 50p coins.
To sum up, 3x 50p silver proof coins have been talked. A table was created to let you interpret more in your own way. In terms of all different variants 1979 50p coins inscribed, it was hard to be true that we could summarise them all here, due to lack of sample.
4. 1980 Viking boat 50p silver proof coin with D batch code.
This class is named as the Viking Show New York Exhibition. The 5k mintage means a lot. Also, these numbers like 30k(=20k+10k) and 5k(=5k) are used for the Xmas theme coins.
There is nothing wrong here, and do not get you confused on years between 1979 and 1980. Because they attended the Viking exhibition in New York in 1980 with the same reverse design of 1979. Because they were called for to attending the exhibition, and made 5k coins in silver and 20k coins in CN this year. This is odd numbers. This is the reason that they made a stateless 50p coin in the UK modern history.
4.1 1980 D batch code with edge inscription silver (PF, individual)
Proof grade (see cert below),
Mintage is limited at 5,000 coins,
Edges inscribed upright with reverse, reading as “ODINS_RAVEN_VIKING_EXHIBN_NEW_YORK_1980“–(clockwise, 7 o’clock position).
This cert is for PF inscribed.
4.2 CN edges-inscribed coins
—AA/AB issued locally on the island
—AC issued in NY (limited @ 20k, library finish. Also see Part II)
Note: the reverse side same as the 1979; the obverse side year 1980.