The Treasury of the Isle of Man Government have announced the issue of special anniversary coins to mark both their win in 1990 of the Coin of the Year Award as well as the 175th anniversary of the Penny Black stamp, which the original coin commemorated in 1990 when it was 150 years old.
It was back in 1990, when the Pobjoy Mint issued a coin which was the most innovative coin of its time and in fact was awarded with no less than THREE Coin of the Year Awards – Best Crown, Most Innovative Coinage and overall Coin of the Year. The coin in question was produced to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the world’s first adhesive stamp which was introduced in Britain in 1840 by the famous reformer, Rowland Hill. The stamp made philatelic history, with a beautiful but simple design by Henry Corbould showing the profile of the young Queen Victoria. This stamp became popularly known the world over as the ‘Penny Black’ due to its color and denomination of one penny.
Now, fast-forward to 2015 and these new coins celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Penny Black – and to commemorate the event, these versions are being issued with the same reverse design as issued in 1990 showing the image from the stamp along with a change of anniversary and will be issued in various sizes with the Cupro Nickel and Sterling Silver editions both having the lustrous ‘pearl black’ finish which is a special technique employed by Pobjoy Mint in order to create the beautiful black color. This year’s coin will also differ from the original version as a different effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is used. The obverse of the coin carries an incused effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Lord of Man, by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.
|Crown||Cupro Nickel||28.2 grams||38.60mm||BU||50,000 pieces|
|Crown||.925 silver||28.2 grams||38.60mm||Proof||10,000 pieces|
|5 Crowns||.999 silver||155.5 grams||65.00mm||Proof||2000 pieces|
|5 Crowns||999.9 Gold||155.5 grams||50.00mm||Proof||99 pieces|
|1 Crown||999.9 Gold||31.103gms||38.60mm||Proof||999 pieces|
|Half Crown||999.9 Gold||15.55gms||30.00mm||Proof||999 pieces|
|1/5th Crown||999.9 Gold||6.22gms||22.00mm||Proof||2000 pieces|
|1/10th Crown||999.9 Gold||3.11gms||17.95mm||Proof||2000 pieces|
|1/25th Crown||999.9 Gold||1.24gms||13.92mm||Proof||2000 pieces|
|1/5th Crown||999.9 Platinum||6.22gms||22.00mm||Proof||2000 pieces|
The coin is available in Cupro Nickel Blackened, Sterling Silver Blackened and various Gold sizes. On the 1oz, 1/2oz and 1/5oz Gold the coin is blackened in the center and has a gold rim whilst on the 1/10oz and 1/25oz Gold the coin is totally blackened. On the 1/5oz Platinum version, the coin is blackened in the center with the Platinum rim showing. The Cupro Nickel Version is available in a special pack. The coins themselves are struck to the highest quality with the precious metal versions being produced with a stunning ‘proof’ finish.
For more information on these and other coins issued by the Isle of Man treasury, please visit the Pobjoy Mint’s brand new website at: www.pobjoy.com Information offered in English, international orders dispatched.