The Government and Treasury of the Isle of Man have launched (21st January) new Angel gold bullion coins for 2016. This modern Angel series has become one of the world’s foremost bullion issues since it was first issued in 1984. The coin makes a modern contribution to a historical tradition with its rendering of the Archangel Michael, depicted with three distinctive designs in this series.
The Angel gold coin was originally introduced into England by Edward IV in 1465 as a new issue of the Noble. Based on a French coin, the Angelot or Ange, its name was derived from its representation of the Archangel St. Michael slaying the dragon and was thought to bring good luck and health.
When the coin was first issued, it was traditionally given to sufferers of the disease the “King’s evil,” or scrofula, in a medieval ceremony intending to cure them with the “royal touch.” Today, the coin is admired for the purity of its gold content, its quality of minting, and its intricately detailed design.
The coins are produced by the Pobjoy Mint, UK, on behalf of the Treasury of the Isle of Man government. The reverse depicts a modern version of the Angel St. Michael and the dragon. The obverse side bears an effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II created by Ian Rank-Broadley and used on Isle of Man circulation & collector coinage since 1998.
|1 Angel||.9999 gold||31.103 grams||32.7 mm.||Proof||unlimited|
Each coin is produced to the highest quality and has been struck four times to produce a mirror-finish background, with the design sculpted in striking relief. The issue is also packaged in a heat-sealed clear vinyl holder for ease of transport. The coin’s sale price is dependent on the daily gold spot price; please inquire before ordering.
For more information on this and other coins issued by the Treasury of the Isle of Man government, please visit the Web site of the Pobjoy Mint. International sales will be dispatched where applicable.