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In 1997, monometallic £2 coin went to bimetallic £2 coin and resized its weight as well, a big change of the modern British coinage. Of course, the Isle of Man followed suits without any gap in terms of time. There was a rumour either British one or the IOM one about portraits used in 1997. At the end of the day, however, it is NOT true about the rumour, just because we are too young too naive. Here, we are going to cover and exploit the 1997 IOM portraits in depth, and sit tide and enjoy it.
3 types of £2 IOM coin from 1997 are existed, virenium £2, bimetallic £2 (with small portrait) and bimetallic £2 (with large portrait). So, the first rumour it is. They mistakenly used a wrong portrait. No, you are wrong. Firstly, it is a connection between virenium and bimetallic (i.e., metals). Secondly, they keep things separate strictly between circulating coins and circulating commemorative coins during the period of sporting change theme and echoes British £2 coin same year. Thirdly, most important, it is to reflect the symbol of the Isle of Man triskelion (i.e, the three legs). It simply echoes the 1979 privy t and the tri-£1 coins set in 1979 as well.
- 1997 £2 Virenium Coin from the Isle of Man
- 1997 £2 (with large portrait) Coin from the Isle of Man
- 1997 £2 (with small portrait) Coin from the Isle of Man
Which one from above is more hard to find out as collector item in £2 coins they issued in 1997. Of course, it is the Virenium version. First, a virenium £2 coin and a large type of 50p coin together were originally slabbed in the 1997 mint set. Secondly, a virenium £2 coin and a large type of 50p ND DF from 1996 became aware of them in a 1997 mint set. The two 50p coins in diameter of 30mm are sought-after collector items in a way that 1996 50p ND DF is for the 25th decimalisation anniversary and 1997 Virenium £2 for the metal they invented originally. All year blister sets covering from 1996 to 1999 are all about sporting Change theme. It is on track.
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- 1997 decimal mint set coin with large 50p AA coin from 1997
- 1997 decimal mint set coin with large 50p ND DF coin from 1996
From the above pictures, your first impression would be that the 50p coins in centre position are sought-after (with no mintage limitation both). In reality, you are not going to see the 2-coin often. Somehow, the 50p coins in centre were also made in 3 different styles (i.e., 2 larges and 1 small). Meanwhile, the £2 Virenium coin is originally slabbed in two different versions of year blister set, you have no doubt to say that it was issued in a small amount of number.