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150th Anniversary of the First Open House of Keys Elections

Collection Issue Date: 13th February 2017

Marking a tremendous event in Manx history.

Isle of Man Post Office is proud to celebrate this important anniversary with four distinctive panoramic stamps that illustrate the journey to free elections featuring the most significant events and individuals in the story.
Prior to 1867, the Isle of Man's parliament, Tynwald was a self-electing body rather than being a representative body with members elected by the general public. These engaging stamps feature the key individuals involved along with some iconic Manx buildings to provide a snapshot of a landmark moments on the journey to electoral reform.

Issue Information

The issue text, written by renowned historical author Kit Gawne, is an inspiring read about the perseverance and dedication those on the stamps showed in order to bring about electoral reform on the Island.
• On the 1st stamp is the first House of Keys Speaker after the first open elections. Also featured on the stamp is the Register of Electors from 1867 and an image of Douglas Courthouse from the election day.
• On the £1 stamp is the Lieutenant Governor Henry Loch who sent the 'House of Keys Election Act, 1866' for Royal Assent. Also featured on the stamp is the proclamation about the House of Keys being dissolved in 1866 and Castle Rushen.
• James Brown who was the owner of the Isle of Man Times features on the £1.50 stamp. Brown was jailed at Castle Rushen for his reporting of calls for reform of the House of Keys. He was later freed and awarded damages. Also on the stamp is the mast head for the Isle of Man times and an image of Castle Rushen.
• On the £2.00 stamp is Robert Fargher who was a journalist with Mona's Herald and was involved in a persistent campaign to bring about a democratically elected House of Keys. He was also imprisoned. Also on the stamp is Mona's Herald mast head and the former House of Keys building in Castletown.

Available in the collection are:
• Set
• Presentation Pack
• First Day Cover

Technical Information


Manx National Heritage


EJC Design


Kit Gawne


Lowe Martin


Sheets of 20


Offset Lithography




110 gsm PVA gummed


14 per 2cm

No. of Stamps


Stamp size

60 x 30mm

Collection Products

House of Keys Limited Edition 50p 'Proof-like' Collector Pack
House of Keys Limited Edition 50p 'Proof-like' Collector Pack

Product Code: AH33
Product Issue Date: 1st April 2017

We present the Isle of Man House of Keys 50p 'proof-like' Coin. This version of the coin was limited to a production run of 1750.

These are the remainder of the limited edition packs that were incorrectly labelled as 'proof' and not 'proof-like'.
The coins are provided in the original numbered packaging and each purchase will include the correction letter from the Treasury.

Please read this letter prior to purchasing.
The sale of these coins is while supply lasts and we reserve the right to adjust orders should the need arise. This may include a limit of 1 per customer.

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Limited Edition

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Price: £24.99


House of Keys 50p Gift Pack
House of Keys 50p Gift Pack

Product Code: AH32
Product Issue Date: 3rd April 2017

We are proud to present a 50p coin marking the 150th anniversary of the First General Election of The House of Keys available in a plastic wallet or gift pack.

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Price: £7.50



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