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Isle of Man Viking Boat 50p Coin in 1971 1972 1973 & 1974 (BU version)

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Isle of Man Viking Boat 50p PF coin in 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1974.

Today, I shall bring you the most wanted proof decimal sets from the Isle of Man in 1971/1972/1973/1974. All sets presented here are BU for the purpose of illustration. We will have a look each set first and then focus on 50p coin each year from 1971 to 1974. The 1971 BU set was made by the Royal Mint and but the 1972/1973/1974 BU sets were definitely struck at the Pobjoy Mint in 1975. Over this period (1971 to 1974), you are looking for proof coins probably. However, it is really hard to find out.

  1. 1971 Isle of Man Year Mint Brilliant Uncirculated Set (5-coin).
  2. 1972 Isle of Man Year Mint Brilliant Uncirculated Set (5-coin).
  3. 1973 Isle of Man Year Mint Brilliant Uncirculated Set (5-coin).
  4. 1974 Isle of Man Year Mint Brilliant Uncirculated Set (5-coin).

Now, let we break sets down into 50p coins only from 1971 to 1974. You have probably noticed things in common above that all sets showing here are BU in grade and 1972 to 1974 plastic folders are in light blue colour however 1971 is in navy blue colour. Do you know that the UK was adopted the decimal system in currency in 1971 and the Isle of Man followed suit. In 1971, the Isle of Man had 3 types of finish of decimal coins from the Royal Mint, as follows, Specimen, Brilliant Uncirculated and Proof. Based on this root/consistency, you should have found Specimen, Brilliant Uncirculated and Proof coins from the Pobjoy Mint in 1972/1973/194. However, it is hard to be true, actually only 2 types of coin existence namely BU and Proof.

    1. 1971 50p BU coin. This coin (or the set) was sourced from Germany. Actually, it is really unbelievable such set and such place I got. It is hard to make it up, because all coins from 1/2d to 50p are still showing mint lustre.

  • 1.1 1971 50p BU coin.
  • 2. 1972 50p BU coin. It is a 50p coin from the Isle of Man with a limit mintage of 1,000 coins. 1,000 pieces made in 1975, UNBELIEVABLE!!! It is somehow correlated with the event in 1979, Millennium of Tynwald. The entire thing is not a single and unrelated point but very strongly connected to a workable proposal submitted in 1972 by Mr D Pobjoy. It is said by collectors that all most of this kind were in a very serious collector’s hand, s/he was not keen to sell the coins. This causes 1972 50ps not cheap in the market.

  • 2.1 1972 50p BU coin.
  • 3. 1973 50p BU coin. 1,000 pieces were made in 1975 as well. The difference between a BU coin and a PF coin is by looking at the E of Second on obverse. Only a few proof coins were minted within the allowance.

  • 3.1 1973 50p BU coin.
  • 4. 1974 50p BU coin. 1,000 pieces made in 1975 as well. The difference between a BU coin and a PF coin is by looking at the E of Second on obverse. Only a few proof coins were minted within the allowance.

  • 4.1 1974 50p BU coin.

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, there are 3 variants in 50p coins like Specimen, BU and Proof made in 1971. During the period of 1972 to 1974, there are only 2 variants in 50p coins like BU as shown above and Proof as follows. At this point, you are now able to see a 1974 50p proof coin, because it is only a sample to illustrate what does 50p proof look like.

  • E1. 1974 50p Proof coin.
  • E2. BU obverse vs. PF obverse.
  • E3. The significance difference between BU and PF 50p coins.

From above, two things are clearly showing that firstly, a IOM 50p BU coin bearing 1971 exists and is hard to find out. Secondly, IOM 50p PF coins over the period of 1971 to 1974 were made in 1975 which can be found in the current market. The difference between a 50p BU coin and a 50p PF coin is by looking at the E of SECOND on obverse. Only the difference can tell you how to distinguish a BU coin and a PF coin. There is a very interesting question to ask how many did the Pobjoy mint produce those 50p proof coins? Of course, as usual, a small proportion was taken off from planned 1,000 pieces each year for 1972/73/74 respectively. Therefore, in order to answer it, my assumption is based on a weight of 1/4 (=0.25) and 1/10 (=0.10), then (max.) 250 (=0.25*1,000) proof coins and (min. 100) (=0.10*1,000) proof coins. Don’t ask me why, but you will know more than me if you know history of the Isle of Man.

The end.


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Isle of Man Viking Boat 50p in 1982 with privy Babycrib


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Isle of Man Viking Boat 50p coin in 1982 with the babycrib privy mark.

It is very interesting to talk about this babycrib privy. Because, 1982 it is the year of birth of future King in the UK. Also, it is only the commemorative coin to celebrate this great moment on British coinage. Normally, the batch code on 1982 50p coins should have done with AA (or similar code), but the code was AC only instead AA (or similar code) and then a small portion of the privy coins was on BU coins and proof coins, of course silver coins as well. The AC die letters is really a sign to let you recall 1979 AC ones as quick as you can.

  • The medallion found only in silver collector sets.

Let we start with AC circulating 50p coins first. If you have a little bit knowledge of die marks (or batch codes) on the Pobjoy Mint coins, you probably notice that the appearance of AC it is really special this year. The die mark of AC we have talked in other article, please find it from Die Marks AC on categories on your right bar. Therefore, this kind of 50p coins with AC are really normal ones.

  • 1982 Isle of Man Viking Boat 50p coin with AC.

Soon later, because the existence (–birth of future King in the UK–) of this important moment, the Mint updated 1982 circulating 50p coins to a very special privy babycrib on BUN coins Proof coins and Silver proof coins.

  • 1982 Isle of Man Viking Boat 50p BU coin with the babaycrib privy.

Therefore, a common 1982 IOM 50p coins has two versions ordinary and special ones. For special ones, they made them on CN with/out a proof finish, and on silver with a proof finish as well.

  • 1982 Isle of Man Viking Boat 50p PF coin with the babycrib privy.
  • 1982 Isle of Man Viking Boat 50p Silver PF coin with the babycrib privy.

Last not least, the stamp issued in 1982 was really beautiful.

  • 1982 Isle of Man stamp.

It seems all happiness stopped there, that smile, and the was-little baby in crib is now expecting a third child in their family. Time flies by fast, but where is the women in that photo?

I spend many words on the Pobjoy Mint in all my blogs. But one day, I realise that I only spend a few words on the Tynwald. I was wrong, because I did not see the relationship between the Tynwald and the Pobjoy Mint. The Pobjoy mint is a minter, and is nothing without any permission from a government. Some good coins produced by the Pobjoy mint on behalf of the government of Isle of Man (the Tynwald) were presenting the relationship between the Tynwald and England. For instance, 1979 50p coins, 1982 50ps and 2012 50ps. I personally encourage you to learn history of IOM, and then you will see more valuable coins made by the Pobjoy mint.


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Isle of Man Year Mint Coin Collection Set From 1971 to 1975


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Isle of Man Year Coin Collection Sets from 1971 to 1975

It is very interesting to talk about this topic. Because the 1971 IOM coin collection sets were struck at the Royal Mint, and the 1972 to 1975 sets then were struck at the Pobjoy Mint. But, Tynwald, the IOM government entity, had to require its own consistency on IOM coinage at the beginning of decimal coinage system. Therefore, the 1972 to 1974 sets had to be struck in 1975. Remember that IOM Year coin collection set had the specimen finish (SF) set, Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) finish set and Proof (PF) finish set in 1971, what sets would possibly be in 1975. The answer is SF (or BU) sets only. In order to illustrate each set, 50p coin from each set are used to show the difference among them (see pictures below). With regard to 1971 coin sets, the SF set was presented in plastic holder and the PF set in a white square box both made by the Royal Mint. Interestingly, the BU sets was all stored in Perspex folder made by the Pobjoy Mint when I sourced them.

  • 1971 Viking 50p Specimen Finish (SF) coin from folder set
  • 1971 Viking 50p Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) from BU set
  • 1971 Viking 50p Proof (PF) coin from proof set
  • 1972 50p Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) coin from original set

  • 1973 50p Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) coin from original set

  • 1974 50p Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) coin from original set

  • 1975 Specimen Finish (SF) set

You have seen year coin collection sets above from 1971 to 1975. It is worth mentioning that the Pobjoy mint did really good a start for Tynwald especially over the period between the two mints in transit. They smoothly shifted the PF sets of 1971 to 1974 and the BU sets of 1972 to 1975. Probably, it is only just a sign for the number 4 related circle. The ball is in your hands what will you do?


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Collecting Isle of Man Viking Boats/Long-boats 50p Coins in 1979 (IV)


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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)
Note:
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.


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Collecting Isle of Man Viking Boats/Long-boats 50p Coins in 1979 (III)


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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)
Note:
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)
Note:
PF grade @ 5,000 coins,
Edges inscribed.
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)
Note:
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)
H.M__Q.E-II__ROYAL__VISIT__I.O.M.__JULY__1979 (=7)
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.


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    Collecting Isle of Man Viking Boats/Long-boats 50p Coins in 1979 (II)


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    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)
    Note:
    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)
    Note:
    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.


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    Collecting Isle of Man Viking Boats/Long-boats 50p Coins in 1979 (I)


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    IOM Viking Boats and/or Long-boats 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, 50p silver proof coins they will be a good starting point. You are able to see 50p silver proof coins as follows:

    1. Viking Long-boat over the island 50p Coin with t privy (PF, year proof set)*,
    2. Viking Boat voyage 50p coin with D batch code (PFs, individual)*,
    3. Viking Boat voyage 50p coin with E batch code (PFs, individual)*,
    4. Viking Boat voyage 50p coin with F batch code (PF/BU, individual)*,
    5. 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.

    Note:
    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.

  • Viking Long-boat 50p silver proof coin over the island with the t privy below.
  • 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,
    And,
    The privy t is moving on sail instead Odin’s Raven,
    And,
    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,
    And,
    The new design matches replica men shipped down from Norway in July 1979,
    And,
    The production codes AA/AB are in place,
    And,
    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).