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Display of Manx coin history to coincide with stamps launch 21 June 2010

History of Manx Coins

A one-day only display will be held at Regent Street Post Office, Douglas on Thursday (June 24) to celebrate the history of Manx coins.

Organised by coins enthusiast Mike Southall MBE, the display will feature the history of Manx coins marking the most significant developments in coinage on the Isle of Man over three centuries. The display also coincides with the release of a set of six stamps from Isle of Man Stamps and Coins which Mike has designed. They depict notable coins alongside well-known Manx landmarks. However, Thursday not only marks the release of these stamps, it is also the 300th anniversary day of the Act of Tynwald, making the first official Manx coins (dated 1709) legal tender as June 24, 1710 was the old Tynwald Day.

The first official Manx coins were cast, that is made in moulds and were dated 1709. They consisted of pennies and halfpennies showing the crest of James Stanley, 10th Earl of Derby and Lord of Mann, on one side and the three legs of Mann on the other. These coins actually became legal tender in the Isle of Man on June 24, 1710.

Mike acquired his interest in Manx coins when the new decimal series was issued in 1971. He has made a detailed study of the Island’s coins from that date to the present and recorded the fascinating story in a new book ‘Coins of the Isle of Man’ published this month.

To view the History of Manx Coins stamps click here

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