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The Hyde Park Collection - Isle of Man Sovereigns


Category: Isle of Man
Set Type: Gold Sovereign Type Set, Elizabeth ll, 1965-1982, Complete
Owner: Zebo
Last Modified: 11/24/2020
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Rank: 1
Score: 3583
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Set Description:

Key Dates 1965 and 1975

The Isle of Man has a unique constitutional history and government. The Norse Viking kings who ruled it until 1265 established its parliament of Tynwald, the oldest continuous parliamentary assembly in the world. After a period when its rule passed between England and Scotland, it came under the English crown. Henry IV, (1399 - 1413), granted it to Sir John Stanley whose descendants, the Earls of Derby and, through the female line, the Dukes of Atholl, were Lords of Man until 1765, when its "regalities" were revested by purchase in the British Crown. The modern Tynwald consists of a Lieutenant Governor, who is the Queen's representative, a popularly elected lower house, known as the Keys, and an upper house, the Legislative Council.

The Isle of Man had its own coins, which had the emblem of the three legs and the motto"Quocunque jeceris stabit" (which ever way I am thrown I will stand), from 1679, when an act of Tynwald made th tokens issued by John Murray legal tender, until 1840, when the Victorian issue of 1839 was withdrawn from circulation. In 1965 the Act of Revestment allowed Man to mint their own coinage again. Sovereigns were minted beginning with the 1965.

The Isle of Man (IOM) circulation coins were issued in limited amounts and for very short periods at different times since 1709, not counting the Hiberno-Manx mintage of about 1025. While the circa 1025 coin may have been minted in Castletown, IOM, it was probably produced in England. Between 1839 and 1971, there were no IOM coins minted specifically for circulation. In 1965, however, there was a gold three piece set consisting of a half, full and five pound sovereign to commemorate the bicentennial of the 1765 Revestmant act. The Manx parliament authorized the issue but did not declare them as legal tender. The coins did not have a bullion hallmark on them and after some time - are now considered legal tender. There is also some evidence to suggest that these coins actually were released before the Tynwald authorization. The sovereigns were issued by the Royal Mint of England for the IOM in both a Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) and Proof finish.

The Royal Mint of England issued coins for the IOM until 1972. The Pobjoy mint, located in England produced coins, both circulating and non-circulating legal tender (NCLT), from 1972 until 2017. The Tower Mint, also located in England, has now begun producing circulating and NCLT coins for the IOM. It should be noted that the Royal Mint of Canada, has produced some commemorative coins for the IOM in the past.

The 1965 sovereigns were followed up with half, full, double and five pound sovereigns in both BU and proof finishes starting in 1973 through 1993. The Pobjoy Mint did not produce both BU and proof sovereigns every year, nor did they produce sovereigns in each denomination every year. In 1993, the mint produced a quarter proof sovereign. This is the only year for such a coin.

This set represents only the IOM half sovereigns in a BU finish. Except for the 1965 Revestment Act sovereign, all have the Norse (Viking) Warrior on the reverse. Certain dates will have a privy mark such as the 1979 that has the Triskeles in a circle or the 1982 with the baby crib to honor Price Williams's birth. The Triskeles is the three legged symbol for the IOM.

Each sovereign may have a die mark. These marks range from A through D and are in Hiberno-Manx script. There are many ways to collect IOM sovereigns, such as - by date, by date and die mark, by denomination or finish.

Census population updated 11/5/2017

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