The Isle of Man Post Office is delighted to announce the release of the 2018 £2 Christmas coin 'Hunt The Wren' on December 1st 2018. The coin captures the wren which is an integral part of one of the most popular Christmas traditions on the Island.
Hunt the Wren is carried out on St. Stephen's Day on December 26th. Originally the wren were hunted down, killed, and fastened to a pole, their feathers thought to ward off evil in the coming year. Nowadays a group of people travel around villages and towns singing a traditional song and dancing around a decorated wren pole using an imitation bird and selling coloured ribbons to those they meet en route.
Isle of Man Stamps & Coins General Manager, Maxine Cannon, said: "We are pleased to present this beautiful and festive £2 coin themed on a Christmas tradition that is still valued on our Island today. The coin perfectly illustrates this custom, making it the perfect Christmas gift for any coin collector or Isle of Man enthusiast."
The coin is the perfect Christmas gift and is presented in a protective wallet. It is also available in a special limited edition of 1000 beautiful Christmas Cards featuring imagery taken from the Manx Folk Traditions stamp collection complete with a 'Hunt the Wren' stamp, first day of issue unique postmark and a 2018 Hunt the Wren £2 Coin. All products can be purchased at www.iompost.com.