As well as its stamps the Isle of Man also creates acclaimed coin issues. Pobjoy Mint, the Mint appointed by the Isle of Man Treasury, has been striking coins for the Isle of Man for over 25 years and Manx coinage is amongst the most innovative in the numismatic world.
Although a British Crown Dependency the Isle of Man has its own coins as well as postage stamps. As Head of State, an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Lord of Mann appears on all Isle of Man coins.
Many coins from the Isle of Man have won prestigious awards including the Penny Black, the world's first pearl-black coin that won the 1990 Coin of the Year Award, the 1984 Best Gold Coin, the Isle of Man Gold Angel which, like the ongoing cat collection (the Alley Cat also winning Coin of the Year) is still very popular with both collectors and investors in Gold bullion.
Other awards received include the Currency Converter coin winning Most Innovative Coin and the Tutankhamun coin being selected as Most Artistic in a recent competition in Russia.
To use a boxing term, the Isle of Man 'punches above its weight' in the Numismatic world.
Apart from very popular commemorative coins, the Isle of Man issues its own very distinctive circulating coins which are available in uncirculated condition in a full colour pack illustrated with images from the Island.
Working with the Pobjoy Mint, the Isle of Man has produced a wide range of innovative and attractive designs. Collectable coins include regular TT and Christmas 50p circulating pieces as well as precious metal issues produced in silver, gold and platinum. All proof collectors coins are struck four times to achieve the sharpest possible impression, then submitted to a microscopic inspection to ensure that only coins of the highest quality are encapsulated and boxed, along with their Certificates of Authenticity, before being supplied to discerning collectors.
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