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Why is the Tosha Cat £2 one of the Isle of Man’s most sought-after coins?

In September 2011, the fourth Commonwealth Youth Games were hosted on the Isle of Man and to commemorate this sporting event, Pobjoy Mint issued a new £2 coin on behalf of the Isle of Man Treasury.

This £2 coin featured the official Commonwealth Youth Games Mascot, Tosha the Cat and the official logo of the games.  

But what makes this £2 coin so special?

Why is the Tosha Cat £2 one of the Isle of Man's most sought-after coins?
Tosha Cat £2 coin. Credit: Numista

The name ‘Tosha’, meaning ‘first’ in Manx Gaelic is fitting considering this was the first time the games were held on the island. However, even though this significant sporting event and the fun design representing it would make this coin a great find for collectors, the popularity of the Tosha Cat £2 on the secondary market remains a force to be reckoned with…

The rise of the Tosha Cat £2

So how did this £2 coin come to be so popular?

Whilst rarity is normally a large factor in how collectable a coin is, mintage figures for British Isles coins are notoriously hard to track down and this coin is no exception. No one actually knows the true mintage figure, so it can’t be said how rare the coin is, although we do know that British Isles coins typically have lower mintages than UK coins due to the smaller population.

One thing we do know for certain is that the Isle of Man Tosha Cat £2 is definitely sought-after amongst collectors.

Although the Tosha Cat £2 was issued in 2011, it wasn’t until it was posted on Facebook coin groups in 2018 that the price started skyrocketing on the secondary market. In fact, in 2018 this coin became ‘Coin of the Year’ on Facebook coin groups, and this is where it really found its success.

Following the Facebook hype surrounding the Tosha £2, eBay bidding wars began. At a time when the Kew Gardens was selling for around £80 on eBay, this coin was regularly selling for double that!

Listed for thousands of pounds on eBay!

In fact, listings on eBay continue to regularly exceed £100 and even go up to thousands of pounds for this Isle of Man coin!

Why is the Tosha Cat £2 one of the Isle of Man's most sought-after coins?
eBay listings for the Isle of man Tosha Cat £2. Credit: eBay

Although the coin may not actually sell for such eye watering amounts, a quick check of the recent ‘sold’ listings shows that some collectors are willing to pay more than 50 times face value to own this coin!

More commonly the coin sells for around £12, which is still an impressive 6 times its face value.

Why is the Tosha Cat £2 one of the Isle of Man's most sought-after coins?
eBay ‘sold’ listings for the Isle of Man Tosha Cat £2. Credit: eBay

Beware of Fakes!

As is the story with the Kew Gardens 50p, the popularity of this coin has unfortunately led to fakes being produced and sold on the secondary market, taking advantage of unsuspecting collectors who would be willing to pay well over face value to own the coin.

If you’re looking to secure the Isle of Man Tosha Cat £2 for your collection, it’s certainly worth doing your research, buying/swapping from a reputable seller (look for eBay feedback or successful swaps on Facebook groups) and checking the images of the coin to make sure it looks legitimate.

Why is the Tosha Cat £2 one of the Isle of Man's most sought-after coins?
Fake Tosha Cat £2. Credit Lee Holt

The image above gives you an idea of what a fake Tosha Cat £2 coin may look like.

Fake coins will be overly shiny, the strike will be much less defined and the coin may well weigh less than the standard 12g £2 coin.

Popular Isle of Man Coins

The Isle of Man has released some fantastic coins over the years, including the much-loved Christmas 50ps, TT race coins and most recently, this year’s hugely popular release of the Peter Pan 50ps.

As the Isle of Man has some wonderful coin designs and really exciting collecting opportunities, you can see why more and more UK collectors are turning their attention to British Isles coins. But do you have any in your collection?


Own both 2019 Isle of Man TT £2 coins!

In poll position for 2019 - brand new Isle of Man TT £2 coins released!

If you’re interested in collecting Isle of Man coins, you’ll love the 2019 Isle of Man TT £2 coin duo, which is now available in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.

Click here to secure these coins for your collection.

All you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust… And a Peter Pan 50p!

The wait is finally over and it is with great excitement that we can reveal the brand new Isle of Man Peter Pan 50p coins to you all…

These amazing coins have been developed in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity to celebrate 90 years since Peter Pan author, J.M. Barrie, gifted all future rights in Peter Pan to them.

Our friends at the Westminster Collection say, “It has been an honour working with this fantastic charity to create the WORLD’S FIRST Peter Pan 50ps, and for every coin sold a donation will go directly to GOSH Charity to support the hospital’s most urgent needs: fund support services, pioneering research, equipment and refurbishment.”

Peter Pan remains one of the most cherished and loved children’s stories of all time and as such demand for these new 50p coins is expected to be extremely high.

Whether you’re an avid 50p collector, a Peter Pan fan, or just a big kid at heart, I’m sure these coins are bound to sweep you off your feet.

The Official Peter Pan 50p Coin

All you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust... And a Peter Pan 50p!

The brand new Peter Pan 50p features an engraving of David Wyatt’s illustration from the Oxford University Press edition of Peter Pan, alongside a well-known and much loved quote from the book.

This is the first time ever that Peter Pan has featured on a 50p coin and I’m sure that this magical design will go down a treat with collectors, especially following the popularity of previous book character coins.

The COMPLETE Peter Pan 50p Set

All you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust... And a Peter Pan 50p!

Six coins have been created in total, each featuring a different quote and an accompanying specially commissioned design showcasing one of David Wyatt’s stunning illustrations from the Oxford University Press edition of Peter Pan.

Each coin is dedicated to a favourite character from the book, including Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tick-Tock the Crocodile, Tinkerbell, Wendy and Nana.

Whilst I’m sure you’ll agree each design is truly beautiful, my personal favourite has got to be Tinkerbell! Let me know in the comments below which design you prefer.

But these coins aren’t just available in Brilliant Uncirculated quality; they will in fact be available in a range of other finishes too…

The Silver Proof Peter Pan 50p Coins

All you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust... And a Peter Pan 50p!

Struck in Sterling Silver to an immaculate Proof Finish, these coins feature an impressive full-colour illustration of the stunning designs, really bringing the magic of the story to life.

Silver Proof 50p’s are amongst the most sought-after new issues around and with JUST 10,000 of the individual Peter Pan Silver Proof 50p and JUST 1,995 of the Silver Proof set available worldwide, a sell-out is expected.

The Gold Proof Peter Pan 50p

All you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust... And a Peter Pan 50p!

This is the crème de la crème of the range you could say…

Struck from 22 Carat Gold to a perfect Proof Finish, JUST 500 lucky collectors worldwide will be able to own this prestigious new coin.

New Gold Proof 50p’s have a strong sell-out history and high demand is expected for the Gold Proof Peter Pan 50p.

The British Isles really have had some fantastic releases recently and I must say that these coins from the Isle of Man have got to be some of my favourites! But what do you think about these coins? Let us know in the comments below!


Add the 2019 Peter Pan 50p coins to your collection!

All you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust... And a Peter Pan 50p!

These beautiful new coins are now available to add to your British Isles collection, starting from £6.25 for the individual Peter Pan coin in Brilliant Uncirculated quality and £37.50 for the Brilliant Uncirculated set.

If you’d like to take a piece of magic home with you, click here to order your Peter Pan 50p coins.

Prince Philip in Coins!

Today is Prince Philip’s 98th birthday, an extraordinary milestone by all accounts, and so we’ve taken a look back at some of the coins issued to commemorate key moments throughout his life.

Born in Corfu in 1921, he is actually the oldest living great-grandchild of Queen Victoria. Prince Philip was born into the Greek royal family but his family was exiled from Greece when he was a child.

In 1939 he began corresponding with Princess Elizabeth, and after World War II he was granted permission by the King to marry her.

Prince Philip’s life of royal service began at the Queen’s accession in 1952 and he has since become the longest-serving consort in British history and the oldest-ever male member of the British Royal family.

Prince Philip in Coins!
Credit: www.royal.uk

2007 Diamond Jubilee £5

In 2007, Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary, a remarkable 60 years of marriage.  

A remarkable milestone that seems to have been forgotten...
2007 Diamond Jubilee £5. Click here to find out more about this coin.

Due to this massive milestone and a truly proud moment for them both, the Royal Mint issued a new £5 coin.

Designed by Emma Noble, the reverse beautifully depicts the Rose Window at Westminster Abbey. This highly sought after coin is the only UK coin to feature the conjoined portrait of the Queen and Prince Philip.

2011 90th Birthday of Prince Philip £50

In 2011 a UK £5 coin was issued by The Royal Mint in celebration of the 90th birthday of Prince Philip.

The Royal Mint has just announced the release of a brand new UK Prince Philip coin
2011 90th birthday of Prince Philip £5. Click here to find out more about the coin.

The coin’s design features a specially commissioned portrait of Philip by Mark Richards FRBS. 

Excitingly, just 18,730 of these coins were struck in Brilliant Uncirculated presentation packs making it one of the rarest £5 coins ever. And because of this, the coin is extremely sought after by collectors and is virtually impossible to get hold of on the secondary market.

2017 Prince Philip 70 Years of Service £5

In 2017, The Royal Mint released a brand new UK coin paying tribute to Prince Philip and his 70 years of service.

Prince Philip in Coins!
2017 70 Years of Service £5. Click here to find out more about this coin.

On 4th May 2017, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh would be retiring from public duty. This marked an incredible 70 years of service to the Queen, the United Kingdom, British Isles and the Commonwealth.

As well as a Base Metal coin, a very limited number of Silver Proof coins were made available, with just 3,000 coins being struck. Unsurprisingly, this coin was quick to sell out at The Royal Mint and with their distributors.

Did you know he worked with the Royal Mint?

In 1952, The Duke of Edinburgh was appointed President of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee. His role included selecting the design of coins, medals and seals for the new reign of Her Majesty the Queen.

He worked with the Royal Mint right up to his retirement in 1999 so it’s fair to say that the coins we know and love from years gone by, were specially selected by Prince Philip.


Secure the 2017 Prince Philip 70 Years of Service £5 coin

Prince Philip in Coins!

Whilst the Silver Proof version of this coin was quick to sell out, you still have the opportunity to get your hands on the Base Metal £5 coin in CERTIFIED BU quality.

Click here to secure the Brilliant Uncirculated Prince Philip 70 Years of Service £5 coin.