The latest Isle of Man TT £2 coin hits the tracks!

The Isle of Man TT races, an annual tradition since 1907, return again this year. Riders and spectators from around the world will travel to the island for what’s been nicknamed ‘the most dangerous race in the world’.

It’s become somewhat of a tradition for the Isle of Man to issue coins to commemorate the TT races each year, with 2024 being no exception…

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A winning design

This year, the Isle of Man TT £2 coin highlights Creg-ny-Baa – the infamous corner from the TT race course. The reverse design, by Glyn Davies, features a daring motorcyclist riding around Creg-ny-Baa.

This famous corner is home to the Creg-ny-Baa pub, which sits beside a grandstand that overlooks the race course, both of which also feature on the coin.

Reverse of the 2024 Isle of Man £2 in hand
Reverse of the 2024 Isle of Man £2 in hand

Since the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in 2022, Isle of Man coinage now features King Charles III on the obverse. Of course, the Official British Isles King Charles III effigy was also designed by Glyn Davies – meaning he’s responsible for both sides of this coin!

Both the obverse and reverse of the 2024 Isle of Man £2 have been designed by Glyn Davies

Did you know? Creg-ny-Baa translates to ‘rock of the cow’ in English, probably originating from a rock where cows scratched themselves.

Entering circulation

Previous Isle of Man TT coins have always been popular with both collectors and motor enthusiasts. This is due to their small mintages compared to their UK counterparts and the fact that they sometimes crop up in UK coinage. Although Isle of Man coins aren’t legal tender in the UK, there is a chance you could spot one in your change.

And excitingly, just 7,500 2024 Isle of Man TT £2 coins will enter circulation on the island. That’s half the circulating mintage of the 2023 Isle of Man TT £2!

So make sure you don’t miss out and add it to your collection in Brilliant Uncirculated quality >>

Numismatic history of the TT races

The first Isle of Man TT coin was a 50p issued in 1981, and a new TT coin has been released most years since. The TT 50ps, along with other denominations have proved incredibly popular amongst collectors and motoring enthusiasts alike, with some selling for over £700 on eBay!

Here are a few of our favourite Isle of Man TT coins.

2023

An Isle of Man TT £2 was issued in 2023 to mark the centenary of the Sidecar race being introduced to the TT races. This meant both racer and passenger could take part in the ‘Ultimate Road Race’. The design shows an incredibly detailed depiction of the Sidecar riding through Parliament Square on the Isle of Man.

15,000 of these coins entered circulation on the Isle of Man, meaning collectors and the general public had the chance to find one in their change! But there were many who couldn’t wait to get their hands on the 2023 Isle of Man TT £2 and our initial allocation sold out in just 24 hours!

2023 Isle of Man £2
2023 Isle of Man £2

2022

After a 2 year break due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the TT races returned in 2022 and two new £2 coins were issued to celebrate.

One of the coins featured the iconic TT Grandstand which marks the start and end of the race. The other represented the TT race marshals, most of whom are usually volunteers or motorsports enthusiasts.

A Crown coin was also issued in celebration of the event. It featured the official TT logo in front of the race route map and a chequered flag background.

2019

In 2019, the Isle of Man released two £2 coins marking 112 years since the first TT race in 1907.

The reverse designs features legendary rider, Steve Hislop, racing the Tourist Trophy track.

Steve ‘Hizzy’ Hislop is an 11 time winner of the notorious Tourist Trophy races. His extraordinary racing career has cemented him as a hero of the TT mountain circuit.

2019 Steve Hislop Isle of Man TT £2 Coins
2019 Steve Hislop Isle of Man TT £2 Coins

2018

2018 Mike Hailwood Isle of Man TT £2 Coins
2018 Mike Hailwood Isle of Man TT £2 Coins

These coins were issued in 2018 to celebrate racing legend Mike Hailwood. 2018 marked 60 years since his first TT race and 40 years since his triumphant return.

Just 3,000 of each coin entered circulation on the Isle of Man and we saw unprecedented demand from collectors looking to add the coins to their British Isles collection.

1998

Another famous race that takes place annually on the island, is the Rally Isle of Man.

The Rally Isle of Man – previously known as The Manx Trophy Rally – was first held in 1963 and became a well known event in the British Open Rally Championship.

In 1998, the Isle of Man released the Isle of Man Car Circulation £2 coin featuring three old-style race cars on the track.

1998 Isle of Man Car Circulation £2 coin
1998 Isle of Man Car Circulation £2 coin

1981

1981 Joey Dunlop Isle of Man TT 50p
1981 Joey Dunlop Isle of Man TT 50P. Credit: eBay

The first Isle of Man TT 50p issued in 1981 features famous motorcyclist Joey Dunlop. 

Only 5,000 coins of this design were struck. Were you lucky enough to find this in your change on the Isle of Man? Let us know in the comments below!

Do you have any Isle of Man TT races coins in your collection? Let us know in the comments below!


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Continue your Isle of Man collection

To celebrate 120 years since the FIRST EVER Manx Motor Race, a new set of five Isle of Man 50ps has also been issued, featuring five motor racing firsts.

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The D-Day 50p Face Value Giveaway

2024 marks 80 years since the historic event that turned the tide of the Second World War, forever remembered as D-Day. In commemoration, The Royal Mint has struck an official UK 50p.

This UK legal tender coin hasn’t entered circulation. However, we feel that a coin as momentous as this should be more widely available. Which is why we’re giving collectors the chance to get their hands on one for FACE-VALUE. That’s JUST 50p, POST FREE!

In fact, we have an incredible 7,000 D-Day 50ps up for grabs at this special face-value price…

So how can you get your hands on one?

Every time a new UK 50p is released, collectors on our Coin Launch Ballot list are given the opportunity to own the new issue for just 50p. Indeed, 1,000 Change Checkers are already lucky launch ballot winners able to secure this special offer.

But fear not – if you weren’t part of the ballot, you still have the opportunity to own the new D-Day 50p for JUST 50p!

National D-Day 50p for 50p Ballot

That’s because we’ve just opened our National D-Day 50p for 50p Ballot!

1,000 further coins are available for the nation to own at face-value as we commemorate this important anniversary.

If you haven’t already entered, there’s still time! Simply click here and complete the FREE ENTRY process before the D-Day 80th anniversary on the 6th June 2024 to be entered into the ballot.

And, that’s not all, as we’re also taking this 50p with us to our upcoming live events, with an additional 5,000 coins available to swap!

5,000 D-Day 50ps Available to Swap at Change Checker Live!

Simply bring along ANY UK 50p to swap with us for the BRAND NEW D-Day coin!

We’ll be at Duxford Air Show, Cambridge on the 1st and 2nd June. You can find all the information about the day and how to swap with us available here >>

Make sure you’re following us across our social channels for details of our next event later in the year, where we’ll be swapping our final batch of D-Day 50ps at face-value!

In the meantime, the National D-Day 50p for 50p Ballot is still open, so don’t miss the opportunity to enter for FREE for your chance to secure the new coin at just face-value.

An All-Time Favourite 50p

It’s been 30 years since the UK’s first D-Day 50p was released – struck to the larger specifications that can no longer be found in your change.

6.7 million of these were released into general circulation in 1994, but were removed when the new, smaller 50ps were issued in 1997.

However, this still proves to be a much-loved coin and was even voted as the all-time favourite 50p amongst Change Checkers.

As such, the new D-Day 50p promises to be highly sought-after collector coin.

Don’t miss the opportunity to own one for just 50p! Enter our National D-Day 50p for 50p Ballot here >>

Best of luck!


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Everything you need to know about Polymer Banknote Serial Numbers

The new King Charles III banknotes are set to enter circulation on 5th June 2024, and whilst the reverse designs will remain unchanged, this will be be the first time we’ve ever seen a King feature on UK banknotes – as they were introduced well into Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.

King Charles III £10 banknotes
The new King Charles III banknotes will enter circulation on 5th June 2024
Image credit: Bank of England

It’s not that long ago, however since we last saw a major change in our banknotes, with the introduction of the first polymer banknotes in 2016. The polymer notes were issued to replace paper banknotes with a cleaner, safer and stronger alternative, and by 2022, all banknote denominations had been replaced with a new polymer version and the older paper notes were withdrawn from circulation.

£5, £10, £20 and £50 Polymer Banknotes
£5, £10, £20 and £50 Polymer Banknotes
Image Credit: Bank of England

The new polymer notes caused quite a stir, with collectors rushing to secure the notes with the lowest serial number. But what happened to the very first notes of each denomination?

£5 Polymer Banknotes

Whilst collectors were on the hunt for polymer £5 banknotes with low serial numbers when they first entered circulation in 2016, the very first ones never actually made it into circulation.

The Bank of England always hold back some of the notes with the earliest serial numbers, donating them to people or institutions that were involved in the development of the note, or who traditionally receive a note when a new series is issued.

Serial number Recipient 
AA01 000001 – Her Majesty The Queen 
AA01 000002 – Prince Phillip 
AA01 000003 – Prime Minister 
AA01 000004 – Chancellor of the Exchequer 
AA01 000005 – The Governor (for the Bank) 
AA01 000006 – Deputy Governor (responsible for Notes) 
AA01 000007 – The Chief Cashier 
AA01 000008 – Bank of England Museum 
AA01 000009 – British Museum 
AA01 000010 – Churchill family 
AA01 000011 – Permanent Secretary of the Treasury 
AA01 000012 – Chair of the Bank’s Court 
AA01 000013 – Chris Salmon (former Chief Cashier) 
AA01 000014 – De La Rue 
AA01 000015 – Innovia 
AA01 000016 – Royal Mint 
AA01 001704 – Blenheim Palace 
AA01 001874 – Lord King (former Governor) 
AA01 001910 – The Home Secretary 
AA01 001924 – The Chair of the Treasury Select Committee 
AA01 001929 – George Osborne (former Chancellor of the Exchequer) 
AA01 001940 – The Governor 
AA01 001941 – The US Ambassador to the UK 
AA01 001942 – The Foreign Secretary 
AA01 001945 – Churchill War Rooms 
AA01 001951 – David Cameron (former Prime Minister) 
AA01 001960 – Churchill Archive, Churchill College Cambridge 
AA01 001965 – Chartwell 
AA01 002016 – Andrew Bailey (former Chief Cashier) 

Polymer £5 banknote
Image Credit: Bank of England

The Bank of England also conducted an auction of low serial numbered £5 notes on 3 October 2016, which raised £194,500 to be split between three charities – The Myotubular Trust, The Lily Foundation and Bliss. 

The lowest polymer £5 note with the serial number AA01 000017 sold for £4,150!

It’s also worth looking out for banknotes with serial numbers that could be considered collectable, such as AK47 due to the machine gun connotations, and 007 which could be desirable to James Bond fans.

£10 Polymer Banknotes

The UK’s first polymer £10 note, featuring Jane Austen on the reverse, entered circulation on 14th September 2017, and, similarly to the £5 note, the first ones printed were donated.

In October 2017 some of the first Jane Austen Polymer £10 notes were auctioned and raised a staggering £260,900 for charities Candelighters, Haven House Children’s Hospice and Macmillan Cancer support.

The £10 note with the lowest serial number AA01 000010 sold for an incredible £7,200.

The polymer £10 note with the serial number AA01 000010 sold for a staggering £7,200

Other notes that fetched hefty sums were AA01 000011 and AA01 000014, selling for £5,200 and £3,500 respectively.

£20 Polymer Banknotes

Issued in 2020, the £20 was the third polymer banknote denomination to enter circulation.

Did you know? The letters at the beginning of a banknote’s serial number indicate its position on the sheet on which it’s printed. The 6 numbers that follow the letters refer to the number on the sheet the note is printed on.

With the £20 note being larger than the £5 and £10 notes, less notes were printed per sheet, however there were still an incredible 59,940,000 notes with an serial number starting AA!

Polymer £20 Banknote sheet
Polymer £20 Banknote sheet
Image Credit: Bank of England

As the polymer £20 note featured JMW Turner on the reverse, some serial numbers matching key dates relating to the painter the became highly collectible.

For example, 23 041775 represents Turner’s date of birth, whilst 19 121851 relates to his death and 17 751851 would be his birth and death combined.

True Turner fans might also look for 18 381839 representing the date he painted ‘The Fighting Temeraire’ (which featured on the new £20 note) and the date the painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy respectively.

£50 Polymer Banknotes

On the day that would have been Alan Turing’s 109th birthday (23rd June 2021), The Bank of England issued their final banknote in the polymer series, celebrating the famous scientist and mathematician.

The Polymer £50 note features famous scientist and mathematician, Alan Turing
Image Credit: Bank of England

As is tradition, Queen Elizabeth II received the very first polymer £50 note printed with the serial number AA01 000001, however AA01 000010 was donated to the Turing family in honour of Alan Turing featuring on the reverse of the £50 note.

Again, certain serial numbers matching key dates relating to Alan Turing became collectable, such as 23 061912 which represents Turing’s date of birth, 07 061954 which relates to his death and 09 071941 which represents the date that the enigma code was cracked by Turing and his team at Bletchley Park during WW2.

What’s next for UK banknotes?

The first UK banknotes to feature King Charles III will enter circulation on 5th June 2024, you can find out everything we know about them so far here >>