The Isle of Man Treasury have launched their latest “Cat” crown, which marks the 25th year of this immensely popular coin series. Struck by the Pobjoy Mint and originally issued in 1988, the first coin featured the island’s own tail-less Manx cat, indigenous to the Isle of Man, with a representation of the original Manx cat in miniature to the left and the Tower of Refuge castle which is in Douglas Harbour to the right of the feline pair.
The Manx Cat is a domestic breed which originated in the Isle of Man and has a naturally occurring mutation that shortens the tail. Many Manx Cats have a small stub of a tail, but the breed is best known as being tailless which is their most distinguishing characteristic. Manx Cats come in all coat colors and patterns and are said to be social, tame, and active. To celebrate this milestone, a stunning new coin is being issued on behalf of the Isle of Man Government which portrays a Manx Cat along with her kitten.
The coin is available in Cupro Nickel, Fine Silver and Fine Gold with the Cupro Nickel and Silver versions also available in cp;pr bringing this lovely animal to life. To add to the uniqueness of this year’s Cat coin, the 2012 version with also carry a very special double effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II which has been produced to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee year.
The cupro-nickel version weighs 28 grams, the silver example weighs 31.1 grams – both with a diameter of 38.6 mm. The silver coin is struck to proof quality with a mintage of 10,000 pieces. A five coin gold proof set with weights of one ounce down to 1/25th ounce is also available with a mintage of just 25 sets worldwide. The gold coin issues are also available in BU quality.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the Pobjoy Mint on behalf of the Isle of Man Government & Treasury, please visit their website at: www.pobjoy.com/ukworld/section.php/295/0
|BU 1oz Fine 999.9 Gold||31.10gms||32.70mm|
|BU 1/2oz Fine 999.9 Gold||15.55gms||30.00mm|
|BU 1/5oz Fine 999.9 Gold||6.22gms||22.00mm|
|BU 1/10oz Fine 999.9 Gold||3.11gms||17.95mm|
|BU 1/25oz Fine 999.9 Gold||1.24gms||13.92mm|