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Isle of Man Decimal Coin from 1971 to 2016, by sets and theme


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Isle of Man Decimal Coin Collection Set from 1971 to 1975

Part I (by set)

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 the Royal Mint folder set
  • 1971 Viking 50p Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) from the Royal Mint BU set
  • 1971 Viking 50p Proof (PF) coin from the Royal Mint proof set
  • 1972 50p Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) coin from original the Pobjoy Mint BU set
  • 1973 50p Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) coin from original the Pobjoy Mint BU set
  • 1974 50p Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) coin from original the Pobjoy Mint BU 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?

Isle of Man 50p coin from 1975 to 2016 by theme

Part II (by theme)

Here we go, …

1975 Viking boat in full-sail 50p coin (Start, PM)

(Note: The reverse was created by the Royal Mint. This coin below it belongs to 1972/1973/1974 theme. Therefore, BU kind — (1972/73/74/75) & PF kind — (1971/72/73/74).)

1976 IOM Viking longboat 50p coin with Odin’s Raven in 1976/1977/1978/1979(t)

1979 IOM Viking Millennium Voyage 50p coin, associated with A/B/C/D sequence, in 1979

(Note: Tynwald Millennium Voyage and Royal Visit IOM events were held in July simultaneously.)

1980 IOM Viking boat in full-sail 50p coin in 1980aa/81aa/82ac/83aa

1984 IOM Viking boat in shield 50p coin in 1984aa/85aa/86aa/87aa

1988 IOM Personal Computer 50p coin in 1988aa/89aa/90aa/91aa & 1992aa/93aa/94aa/95aa

1996 IOM T.T.-related 50p coin in 1996aa (large)/97aa (large)/98aa/99aa

2000 IOM Christianity 50p coin in 2000aa/01aa/02aa/03aa

2004 IOM Miller’s Tower 50p coin in 2004aa/05aa/06aa/07aa & 2008aa/09aa/10aa/11aa & 2012aa/13aa/14aa/15aa & 2016aa (The End, PM)

The 4th portrait and the 5th portrait of Q E II and the Pobjoy own portrait in transit in 2015 from the perspectives of Tynwald and the Pobjoy Mint. In order to know more about Q E II portraits in details, visit Royal Mint website [adapted on 23/08/2018].
(Note: The Pobjoy own portrait was only used on circulating commemorative coins (i.e., IOM T.T. and Xmas).)

Note for this part: Die letters may vary from coins to coins above over the period of 1979 to 2016. However, we use AA/aa version instead here.

The new mint and the new coin, new future?

2017 IOM Ram 50p coin in 2017 by the Tower Mint

However, story is about to be continued…

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Isle of Man Pre-Norse 50p Coins From 2000 to 2003


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Isle of Man Pre-Norse Fifty pence coins from 2000 to 2003

Two types of coins are defined by the Tynwald, circulating commemorative coins and commemorative coins. It is very interesting to talk a bit on this topic. You find out it later. This part will introduce the Pre-Norse 50p coins, and then it is a brief summary on IOM 50p circulating coins. The Pre-Norse 50p coins were definitely circulating commemorative coins (ie., regular coinage on the island) during the period of 2000 to 2003. Because you can get them from 2000 to 2003 each year mint. From the perspective of the Mint, the AA batch code tells you direct information rather than speculations.

Also, it is only 4 circulating commemorative coins for the period of 2000 to 2003. Does the number 4 make you some sense here? Let me give you a hint → the Tynwald hillTynwald → the Mint works under Tynwald permission. Probably, you now can see a clear and close relationship between the Tynwald and the Mint. Under Mr Derek Pobjoy’s foundation built in early 1970s, the Mint had a very good relationship with the Tynwald in 1980s and 1990s. Yeah, you do not forget one fact that the Mint is a family-run limited company. This hint can give you a full picture of why did the Tynwald give permission to the Mint for producing coins of the period of 1972 to 1974 in 1975. The Tynwald said it was for the purpose of continuity.

What is more, the Mint only issues Miller’s tower 50p for circulating commemorative coins mainly after 2004 onwards. Yeah, they also lost the contract from the government of Gibraltar this year. So it makes sense why gibraltar £2 bi-pounds (12 different reverses in 4 years) coins are hot as well.

  • 2000 Isle of Man Pre-Norse 50p DF coin
  • 2001 Isle of Man Pre-Norse 50p coin
  • 2002 Isle of Man Pre-Norse 50p coin
  • 2003 Isle of Man Pre-Norse 50p coin

From pictures shown above, we firstly conclude that striking quality dramatically decreases year by year (Note: all 50p coins were obtained from year mints to conduct this test). In other words, on the ground of uncirculated standard, it is the way to avoid any biased point(s). Secondly, the flyer within a 2003 year set is a simple paper, not like the flyers within a 2000/2001/2002 set.

As mentioned earlier, the number 4, So where the number 4 comes from on 50p coins? They are as follows:

  • 1971 to 1974 (x4 Viking boat, proof(or prooflike) standard, carried the RM reverse),
  • 1972 to 1975 (x4 Viking boat, BUNC standard, carried the reverse from the RM),
  • 1976 to 1979 (x4 Viking longboat over the island, designed by the PM),
  • 1979 Millenium Voyage (x4, AA-AB-AC-AD in presentation box coins),
  • 1980 to 1983 (x4 Viking full-sailing boat coins),
  • 1984 to 1987 (x4 Viking boat in shield coins),
  • 1988 to 1991 (x4 PC coins),
  • 1992 to 1995 (x4 PC coins),
  • 1996 to 1999 (x4 TTF1 coins),
  • 2000 to 2003 (x4 Pre-Norse coins, Do not forget one thing, they all are regular coinage on the island above!).
  • Even commemorative coins, 1981 to 1984 (x4 TT coins).

The 4-based themes cover a range from Viking (x4), Tourist Trophy, PC, Tourist Trophy Formula One and Pre-Norse. Things happened or are happening on the island. Based on this point (ie., themes), the Mint did do a good job for the Tynwald.

However, the Pobjoy mint, aims to sell coins/medals under the brand of Pobjoy Mint (registered in 1975). It is really hard to see the designer names on reverse on IOM coinages. But, the Royal Mint (registered in 2007), aims to sell coins/medals designed by talented artists. So the initials appear on U.K. coinages.

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