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The Pobjoy Mint Die Marks (or batch codes): A B C D E & F


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The Pobjoy Mint Die Marks A B C D E and F**

Today, we are going to talk about so-called die marks, invented by the Pobjoy mint in 1973 on gold coins and presented on Isle of Man coins. They (the Mint, hereafter) have got the contract in 1972. A little bit background of the Pobjoy family, they had a airmotors company ltd and had strong background of engineering before stepping into this business. This business is very profitable like BBC Archive (2018) said a business without cash flow. According to MacKay (1978, p.63), “the first contract, with a value in excess of £5 million, came from the Bolivian Government, and was soon followed by similar contracts with the governments of the Isle of Man and Senegal.” How profitable is it, let us break it down. If you are familiar with financial sector like hedge fund managers, a rule of 2-20 with a value of £5 million works here, meaning 2% is for asset management fee and 20% of your profit on your asset.

A singular letter, for instance, A or B or C or D or E etc, is only used on precious metals like gold, then expanding on silver. The purpose of carrying a die mark on is to identify the particular die used in striking that coin. Now, let we have a look what singular die marks are, for the purpose of illustration of the die marks seen as follows:

  • Ancient Hiberno-Norse lettering
  • Note: sequences are in alphabetical from A to E. A very special die mark ‘X’ was defaced personally by William Dawson then the Tynwald Treasurer in 1974. Base metals in BU finish grade have double letters in association with the Prefix A, and in proof finish grade also have two letters with the Prefix B. “[p.82]… The dies used in striking proof and uncirculated versions of coins in precious metals have a single letter beginning with B, C, D and so on. The first letter or letters in each group (i.e., AA, BB or B), was used on dies which struck coins on 14th July 1978 only, the First Day of Minting (FDM) (MacKay, 1978).”

At this point, we can understand a singular die mark has no particular meaning but just for coin traces in order for identifying a die used in striking that coin. Most importantly, it is the concept of FDM.

  • D — left from 1978 (£1), right from 1979 (50p, Royal Visit) (Silver)
  • E — left from 1978 (£1), right from 1979 (50p, Royal Visit) (Silver)
  • F — left from 1978 (£1), right from 1979 (50p, Royal Visit) (Silver)
  • Note: £1 silver coins with a letter started in 1978, and it was the first pound coin in British decimalisation system. Given 1975 (50p) and 1976 (50p) in contrast, the two years had BU finish in perspex set only. However, the 1977 (50p) and 1978 (50p) ones were proof finish in velvet set only. The four sets mentioned here had no any die marks due to pre-1979. On the basis of the die marks D, E and F, at first glance, D die coin and E die coin they have a similar proof finish between the £1 coins ([D = E] > F). Secondly, E die coin has the best finish, and the lowest is F die coin among 50p coins where come from the Royal Visit IOM series (E > D > F). At this point, the F die letter it is understood to trace Satin Finish on coins either £1 or 50p.

Later on, to commemorating IOM £1 round coin on a base metal specifically Virenium, a 2-digit letter (BC) was revealed in 1978 as well. Based on information above, it has just been verified that Prefix B is equivalent to proof finish in grade (please see IOM £1 round coin or Die Marks BC article), this is a very solid point. This point also can be understood that a 2-digit letter is used to strike coins on base metals like virenium, copper-nickel (CN). Thirdly, it is understood that the sequence of C has the meaning of commemorative or celebrating by Tynwald.

From £1 coin below, you are able to see a). AA, BB and BC as a set and b). AA, AB, AC and AD as a subset from a).:

  • AA from 1978 (£1) (Virenium, FDM)
    • AA from 1978 (£1) (Virenium, FDM) & AB from 1978 (£1) (Virenium)
    • AC from 1978 (£1) (Virenium) & AD from 1978 (£1) (Virenium)
  • BB from 1978 (£1) (Virenium, FDM)
    • BC from 1978 (£1) (Virenium, Special Commemorative type)

From 50p coin below, you are able to see:

  • AA from 1979 50p coins (FDM)
  • Note: edge lettering noted.

  • AB from 1979 50p coins
  • AC from 1979 50p coins*
  • *Note: left one, it was for New York Show in 1980 and edge lettering noted. You see it right now because they just made this gap to fit in this one. left: library finish & right: prooflike finish.

  • AD from 1979 50p coins
  • Note: edge lettering noted.

Note: a base-metal coin like CN 50p coin associated with die mark started in 1979. But, 1979 it was really important the year to Tynwald. A very interesting point, pictures above show many different finish 50p coins under Prefix A. However, there is no any 50p coins under Prefix B in comparison to £1 coin.

Beyond this point, you are going to see a 2-same-digit die mark coin like BB, DD and AA.

  • 1980 BB — IOM Xmas 50p coin (FDM)
  • Note: a very interesting set of two coins, because carrying the same die mark but different grades in finish. If a lower grade BB coin is considered FDM, what about BB in higher grade? And BC??? Can not see continuity. It is highly likely the Pobjoy own product. At this point, the BA die mark is making more sense now.

  • 1980 DD — IOM Proof set coin (FDM)*
  • *Note:The BB has been used on commercial commemorative coins, the only choice left is to choose the DD. It is understood from citing on Krause book foot note that they declare the BC as diamond finish in grade not the BB or the DD. A question unsolved now what the correlation between the F die letter and No die letter (ND) finish?

  • 1980 AA — IOM currency 50p coin (FDM)

Right now, you can clearly see that a group of 2-digit die marks indicates different finishes like BB, DD and FF have a superb finish in grade. Associated with different die marks, you are able to see different finishes on coins. It is hard to say the correlation among them, but, based on things we have known already, metrics [A, C, E] and [B, D, F] are created.

A C E
B D F

**Reference
BBC Archive (08, Oct 2018), #OnThisDay 1978, [Adapted on 15th, Nov 2018].

MacKay, J.A. (1978), The Pobjoy Encyclopaedia of Isle of Man Coins and Tokens (2nd ed.). Surrey, England: The Pobjoy Mint.


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Isle of Man 50p Coin In 1994, 1997 & 2017, Circulating Commemorative Coin Part


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Isle of Man 50p coin in 1994, 1997 and 2017, circulating commemorative coin part.

It is very tricky to talk about this topic above. In terms of circulating currency coin and circulating commemorative coin, there is no significant difference to tell how to define them. But, it is only said by officials over years.

The Isle of Man is one of the Crown Dependence Isles, and is not part of the U.K. but is self-governing dependency of the Crown (Ministry of Justice). The government of the Isle of Man is called Tynwald. The Tynwald has two branches on the island, the House of Keys, and the Legislative Council (British-Irish Council). Note the two branch themes above on Fifty pence coins can be found in 2017 and 1994.

Probably, we have seen enormous coins or related-medals (either circulating currency coins or circulating commemorative coins) struck at the Pobjoy mint under permission of the government of Isle of Man, this is because “The issue of its own currency is a positive statement of independence and the power of self-determination. It is also an important source of investment income which would otherwise accrue to the United Kingdom if that country’s currency was allowed to displace it” (Treasury, the Isle of Man Government). How many are they (the Mint) are able to mint, it all depends on the Government demand.

It is clear right now that you have seen coins well-related with Tynwald itself only a few, like 1994 and 2017, but the amount of coins well-related with Queen E II struck at the Pobjoy mint (before 2017) is huge like 1978, 1979 and 2012 etc. Within this part, we will go through the three coins covering 1994, 2017 and 1997 as below.

  • 1994 Legislative building 50p coin
  • 2017 the House of Keys 50p coin (version I)
  • Note: this type of coins, named version I, were minted by the Tower Mint in England. Also, the new minter of the Isle of Man government is the Tower Mint since 2017.

  • 2017 the House of Keys 50p coin (version II)

  • Note: this type of coins, named version II, were minted by the Tower Mint, but the Tynwald claimed they were PROOFLIKE coins (see apology letter). Because of this apology letter, it tells us that a) diamond finish coins by Pobjoy Mint are actually prooflike coins, and b) the coin in folder is actually a proof coin made by the Tower mint, but the Tynwald only say it is a prooflike coin, last not least c) remember that who is the big boss behind, the Tynwald.

  • 1997 Philip McCallen and Nigel Davies T.T.-related 50p coin
  • Note: only large-sized coins in 1997 are collector’s coin.

The three 50p coins above are telling us how the Tynwald thinks and behaves behind the numismatic world. Also, it is a solid way to understand how the Tynwald makes its coinage business profitable and commercial-preferred.


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Collecting Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (T.T.) 50p Standard Finish and Diamond Finish Coins (2010 to 2016)


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IOM T.T. Fifty Pence (50p) coins from 2010 to 2016, Post-1997 (Part II*)

(*Note: This is a continued part from Part II.)

Continued…[Part II]

2010 Suzuki at T.T. 50 years
Note
Obverse designer I. Rank-Broadley (IRB)
TT logo noted
50 years of racing from 1960 to 2010 noted
Circulating Commemorative coinage.

  • 2010 Suzuki racing at T.T. 50 years 50p Diamond Finish Coin.
  • 2010 Suzuki racing at T.T. 50 years 50p Standard Finish Coin with AA.

2011 Yamaha at T.T. 50 years
Note
obverse designer I. Rank-Broadley (IRB)
TT logo noted
Circulating Commemorative coinage
Only one variety exits which is AA.

  • 2011 50 years of Yamaha at the T.T. 50p Standard Finish coin with AA (high grade).
  • 2011 50 years of Yamaha at the T.T. 50p Standard Finish coin with AA (low grade).

2012 Enduro Motorcycle
Note
“Enduro Motorcycle” noted
obverse designer I. Rank-Broadley (IRB)
Motor cross (off-road racing)
Rider David Knight (IOM)
3-event held in UK in 2012, as follows:

  • a). 2012 the Olympic Games held in London UK 2012 (Cyclist From IOM).
  • b). the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012 (Queen Victoria celebrated in 1897).
  • c). Great sport events related to IOM (Motor racing famous around the islands).

Circulating Commemorative coinage.

  • 2012 Enduro Motorcycle 50p Diamond Finish coin without die marks.
  • 2012 Enduro Motorcycle 50p Standard Finish coin with AA.

2014 John McGuinness with 20 T.T. wins
Note
obverse designer I. Rank-Broadley (IRB)
T.T. logo noted
Circulating Commemorative coinage.

  • 2014 John McGuinness with 20 T.T. wins standard finish 50p coin with AA.

2015 T.T. the legends
Note
TT logo noted
New theme called T.T. the Legends
obverse designer I. Rank-Broadley (IRB)
Circulating Commemorative coinage
the last one of bearing the 4th portrait of Q.E on IOM coinage.

  • 2015 T.T. the legends 50p Diamond Finish coin without die marks.
  • 2015 T.T. the legends 50p Standard Finish coin with AA.
  • 2015 T.T. the legends 50p Standard Finish coin with AB.

2016 T.T. the legends
Note
T.T. logo noted.
The New portrait made by PM in place, echoing UK coinage changing.
PM is beneath bust back on obverse.
Regular issue coinage.

  • 2016 T.T. the legends 50p standard finish coin with AA


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Collecting Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (T.T.) 50p Standard Finish and Diamond Finish Coins (1997 to 2009)


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IOM T.T. Fifty Pence (50p) coins from 1997 to 2009, Post-1997 (Part I* & II)

(*Note: This is a continued part from Part I.)

Continued…[Part I]

1997 Philip McCallen & Nigel Davies
Note
Obverse designer R. Maklouf
Why this one is related to T.T. (but for TTF1), see note in 1996 above.
Echo UK coinage changes in resizing 50p coins in 1997.
NO T.T. logo.
Regular issue coinage.

  • 1997 AA standard finish 50p coin (30.00mm in diameter)–a real collector coin
  • 1997 AA standard finish 50p coin circulated (27.30mm in diameter)
  • 1997 AA standard finish 50p coin uncirculated (27.30mm in diameter)

From 1996 to 1999, the reverse was all about Philip McCallen & Nigel Davies (riders of the Formula One TT, TTF1). Also, during the period of 1996 to 1999, the Formula One T.T. theme 50ps coins were issued as circulating coins on the island. But all circulating coins were in a circle of 4-year window (see Viking Boats 50p part). Mintage figures assumed were around 6,000 coins (or less) each year. The one of the riders on reverse, Philip McCallen, became the first-and only-rider to win FOUR races in one week in 1996 T.T.–the Formula One T.T., Junior T.T., Production T.T. and Senior T.T. and almost made it for five races in Lightweight T.T.. His name was in the T.T. history book in 1996 as well. Motor machine maker was HONDA.

Part II
Information beyond this point, they are all about smaller-sized T.T. 50p coins and T.T. related coins after/(within) the period of 1997. In other words, the diameter of all 50p coins in 1997 afterwards is 27.30mm & 8.00g in weight. All diamond finish coins may come cross in this chapter. But it will be around the corner somewhere in this chapter.

If you are keen to collect IOM 50p coins, the themes on IOM 50ps circulating area coins you may have noticed are as follows:

  • 1971 to 1987 “Viking Boats/Long Boats” were struck (by the Royal Mint in 1971, the rest started from 1972 onwards to 03/2017 by the Pobjoy Mint) on 50p coins, regular issue coinage;
  • And, 1988 to 1995 “Computer Technology, PC” on 50p coins, regular issue coinage;
  • Moreover, 1996 to 1999 “Philip McCallen”, regular issue coinage;
  • And then, 2000 to 2003 “Pre-Norse Carved Cross”, regular issue coinage;
  • Last 2004 to Present “Milner’s Tower”, regular issue coinage.
  • Since 04/2017, the Tower Mint was pointed as IOM solo minter over the Pobjoy Mint.

All above stated coinages were regular issue coins and no any time gap(s) created and overlapped among 50p coin themes from 1971 to 2003 and even 1972/73/74 50ps. Note the 1972s, 1973s and 1974s were minted in 1975 for the purpose of continuity (i.e., 1972-1973-1974-1975 BU grade, 1971-1972-1973-1974 Proof grade by then). Obviously, this logic it is strongly connected before and after. Considering public information gathered, it tells us that all the 50p coins were followed by one simple rule “consistency” in time order Year by Year. However, ONLY the 1997 large-sized Philip McCallen 50p coin was overlapped between two different sizes in diameter but has the same reverse in IOM decimalisation system. It is more likely to commemorate and distinguish pre-1997 & post-1997 decimal eras on the island. Ahh, yes! It has one single commemorative 50p coin made in 1994, the Legislative Building. Moreover, the Xmas theme was started from 1980 till 2016. But this bit belongs to Xmas commemorative coin part. Dont forget to check that out! We will not reveal any info this chapter.

1998 & 1999 Philip McCallen & Nigel Davies
Note
Obverse designers I. Rank-Broadley (except R. Maklouf (1997) )
Why this one is related to T.T. (for TTF1), see note in 1996 above.
NO TT logo noted.
Regular issue coinage.

  • 1998 AA die letters standard finish 50p coin
  • 1999 AA die letters standard finish 50p coin

In brief, all four TTF1 coins are presented in 1996 to 1999. T.T. coins and TTF1 coins are both on IOM coinage during 2000s.

1999 “Commemorative” coin, Yes or No??!!
In 1949, Isle of Man T.T. races became part of FIM Road Racing World Championship. In 1999, Isle of Man T.T. races celebrates its 50th anniversary and commemorates rider Robert “Les” Graham riding with 500cc AJS “Porcupine”. Whether this coin is a commemorative coin or not, it seems to people that they are unable to answer it. If you consider a fact that regular issue coinage is alongside 1999, so this 50p coin is a commemorative coin automatically.

1999 “T.T.-related Commemorative” 50p coin
Note
Obverse designers I. Rank-Broadley (IRB)
NO T.T. logo
IOM T.T. races became part of FIM ROAD RACING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GRAND PRIX held since 1949 in the Isle of Man (the 50th Anni.)
Commemorative issue coinage.

  • 1999 AA die letters diamond finish coin (made in 1990s)
  • 1999 AA die letters diamond finish coin (made in 2010s)

2004 The trophy
Note
Obverse designer I. Rank-Broadley (IRB),
The TT logo next to the trophy.
Regular issue coinage.

  • 2004 AA standard finish 50p coin (i.e., UNcirculated)
  • 2004 AA standard finish 50p coin (i.e., circulated)

2007 The trophy and Sidecar
In this year, two 50ps exist, and both to celebrate 100th Anni. of The T.T..
Note
Either the trophy or sidecar obverses designers I. Rank-Broadley (IRB)
the trophy as exact SAME as the 2004 one
sidecar noted “100 YEARS”
T.T. logo both noted.
Regular issue coinage both.

>> 2007 Type I: the Trophy

  • 2007 ND Diamond Finish 50p Coin, the Trophy
  • 2007 AA standard finish 50p coin

>> 2007 Type II: sidecar

  • 2007 ND Diamond Finish 50p Coin, Sidecar
  • 2007 AA standard finish 50p coin

2009 Honda at T.T. 50 years
Note
Obverse designer I. Rank-Broadley (IRB)
Honda logo & TT logo noted.
Regular issue coinage.

  • 2009 ND Diamond finish 50p coin
  • 2009 AA standard finish 50p coin


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Collecting Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (T.T.) 50p Standard Finish and Diamond Finish Coins (1981 to 1996)


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IOM T.T. Fifty Pence (50p) coins from 1981 to 1996, Pre-1997 (Part I)*

(*Note: This chapter is a brief chapter that contains some useful information if you are collecting or going to collect T.T. 50p coins in base metal.)

First of all, this topic is all about Isle of Man cupronickel (i.e. metal, silver in colour; 75:25, copper to nickel ratio) 50p coins especially for the Tourist Trophy (i.e., T.T.) events on the island. More clearly, we split this brief chapter into two subparts. One part it is about to talk the standard finish 50p coins. Another part it refers to the diamond finish 50p coins. Meanwhile, you can find out what are so-called the “diamond finish” 50p coins. All then-standard 50p coins and diamond 50p coins are solely minted by the British Pobjoy Mint® which is a private limited company (hereafter the Mint or PM) on behalf of the government of the Isle of Man (Tynwald, note Tynwald you need to see Viking Boats 50ps article.).

Normally, a standard finish 50p coin is produced for the purpose of daily use on the island. This is why Manx collectors easily find 50ps through their daily life. All standard finish 50p coins are most minted associated with “AA” on its reverse (AA originally called the production batch codes). For some cases under the A batch, it may appear “AB”/”AC”/”AD” in the T.T. series. Other single die mark like B, C, D (or E or F) represents precious metals. But, collectors call them all as die marks (or die letters, interchangeable). They are definitely meant some information internally. Sadly, we can tell you nothing at the moment. Based on my experience, I can tell die letters may indicate many different types of mirrors associated with different striking pressures, times of striking, etc. Why do we see such difference of the die letters between coins? It is a good point to raise. However, it never ever concludes a convincible answer, even from the Mint itself. If you like, spend more time on googling them.

Diamond finish 50p coins are specially created by the Mint for the purpose of producing higher standard quality on commemorative coins to serious collectors. The concept of “diamond finish” was invented by the Mint in early 1980s (note I personally think the term was derived from “diamond cut”, because the first mint-master has very strong background of jewellery). What are “diamond finish” coins? In terms of diamond finish, they are highly likely ProofLike (i.e., PL) coins (e.g., 1980 IOM Xmas 50p BC coins). More information related to PL can be seen below. Bearing in mind that all diamond finish 50p coins come with die letters “BB” on reverse and a cert (e.g., it includes IOM T.T./IOM Xmas/some IOM Viking boats). Interestingly, some diamond 50p coins come WITHOUT “BB” when minted in late 1990s onwards. The techniques (for instance, matte mirror, reflectivity etc) used on diamond 50p coins are very enjoyable and look beautiful. Because the mirrored-field and/or mirror-liked field has higher reflectivity better than a standard 50p coin but slightly lower than any proof coins made by the Mint. Last, all T.T. 50p coins you are seeing within this chapter are made of cupronickel (Copper-3/4, Nickel-1/4 and appears silver in colour).

“Prooflike (PL) coins appear to look like proof coins but in reality have not been produced using the special proof process. This may include mirrored fields and cameo devices. The scale donates the proper designation for the coin, based on reflectivity, 2 to 4 inches of reflectivity; devices must be frosted.” (adapted from online)

“For instance, PCGS notes that Prooflike Morgan dollars require ‘clear reflection in the fields on both sides from 2-4 inches away.’ The company states that a hazy effect or streaks may impede the reflectivity, generally indicating a semi-prooflike condition (which does not appear on the PCGS label).” (adapted from online)

Now, it is time to reveal what the T.T. 50p coins look like. In this part below, it contains two parts. Part I: it is the pre-1997 section (i.e., 1969 to 1997, 50p coins are 30.00mm in diameter and 13.50g in weight) and Part II: it is the post-1997 section (i.e., 1997 to date, 50ps coins are resized to 27.30mm in diameter and 8.00g in weight).

Part I
In total, six T.T. 50p coins exist before 1997. They are: four T.T. 50p coins from 1981 to 1984) plus two T.T. related (ie., TTF1) 50p coins between 1996 and 1997 (note, by 30.00mm in diameter therefore, 6 in total, or by 27.30mm in diameter it is 7 in total. It all depends on how you count them really). More details for each coin are as follows:

  1. 1981 T.T. commemorates 1980 winner–Joey Dunlop & Yamaha motor. Mintage 100,000 standard finish coins (AA/AB) & 30,000 diamond finish coins (BB).
  2. 1982 T.T. commemorates 1981 winner–Mike Grant & Suzuki motor. Mintage 100,000 (assumed) standard finish coins (AA) & 30,000 diamond finish coins (BB).
  3. 1983 T.T. commemorates 1982 winner–Ron Haslam & Honda motor. Mintage 100,000 standard finish coins (AA/AB/AC/AD) & 30,000 diamond finish coins (BB).
  4. 1984 T.T. commemorates the Sidecar T.T. nine times winner–Mike Boddice. Mintage 100,000 (assumed) standard finish coins (AA) & 30,000 diamond finish coins (BB).
  5. 1996 commemorates Philip McCallen Great achievement in 1996. Unknown mintage for both standard finish coins (AA) & diamond finish coins (NO die letters).
  6. 1997 commemorates Philip McCallen Great achievement in 1996. Unknown mintage for standard finish coins (AA, 30mm in diameter).

More specifically, 1981 Joey Dunlop
1981 T.T. 50p coin in pictures,
Note
Obverse designer A. Machin
Machine: Yamaha (747)
TT on top of the reverse
Circulating Commemorative issue coinage

  • 1981 BB Diamond Finish 50p coin
  • 1981 AA standard finish 50p coin
  • 1981 AB standard finish 50p coin
  • 1981 AB standard finish 50p coin with error

Variation on 1981 Misspelling Error Coins
Note
“RACING” only on AB die mark coins

It is clearly seeing that the Mint really made a mistake when they produced 50ps of first the T.T. theme in 1981 as seen from pictures below. But they did not fully realise the “spelling” was a issue seriously, and not negotiate properly before striking the first T.T. collection 50p coin. As you can see from pictures below, a small “hump” was use to cover up the first three REA of REARACING (the letters was originally supposed to be “REARACING”). It is very unclear that this hump was done by intension or dispute or economic situation in 1981. But having seen the small hump from pictures below, it really tells people that the Mint made it by intension for sure. This “accident” it is easy to remind collectors WHY did not they correct and recall and re-create a correct reverse die for a commemorative 50p in 1981? However, this mistake will last forever once collectors well noticed this significant difference. A real story behind bar nobody could tell and answer presumably.

1982 Mike Grant
Note
Obverse designer A. Machin
Machine: Suzuki (500)
TT on top of the reverse
Circulating Commemorative issue coinage

  • 1982 BB Diamond Finish 50p Coin
  • 1982 AA standard finish 50p coin

1983 Ron Haslam
Note
Obverse designer A. Machin
Machine: Honda
TT on top of the reverse
Circulating Commemorative issue coinage

  • 1983 BB Diamond Finish 50p Coin
  • 1983 AA standard finish 50p coin
  • 1983 AB standard finish 50p coin
  • 1983 AC standard finish 50p coin
  • 1983 AD standard finish 50p coin

1984 Mike Boddice
Note
Obverse designer R. Maklouf
Machine: Yamaha
TT on top of the reverse
Circulating Commemorative issue coinage

  • 1984 BB Diamond Finish 50p Coin
  • 1984 AA standard finish 50p coin

1996 Philip McCallen & Nigel Davies
Note
Obverse designer R. Maklouf
Why this one is related to T.T. (but for TTF1), you then have to understand first what is w privy noted in 1985. Because of the world-class famous T.T. events to Tynwald.
25th Anniversary of decimalisation in the Isle of Man.
NO T.T. logo.
Regular issue coinage

  • 1996 No die letters real diamond finish 50p coin (PL, UNC)
  • 1996 AA standard finish 50p coin (no mirrored-field, circulated)
  • 1996 AA standard finish 50p coin from mint set (UNC)
  • 1996 AA (likely) diamond finish 50p coin (aUNC)
  • 1996 AA (likely) diamond finish 50p coin (semi-PL, mirrored-field, aUNC)
  • Extra: 1996 50p silver proof coin