The Isle of Man has released a BRAND NEW Christmas £2 in the run up to the festive period!
Keen collectors will know that the Isle of Man has made some of the most popular festive coins over the years, so this is not one to be missed out on.
A traditional design
The stunning reverse design on the 2023 Isle of Man Christmas £2 has been inspired by the iconic stained-glass window of Church Kirk Christ, Rushen on the Isle of Man. Also included on the coin is the message ‘Merry Christmas’ in both English and Manx, a feature common to most of their Christmas £2 coins.
The first King Charles III Isle of Man Christmas £2
Breaking tradition, the Isle of Man didn’t release a Christmas £2 in 2022, making this coin the first one since the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. This also means that the 2023 Isle of Man Christmas £2 is the first to feature Glyn Davies’ effigy of King Charles III on the obverse.
Your 2023 Isle of Man Christmas £2 has been struck to a superior Brilliant Uncirculated quality – the favoured specification amongst collectors! It also comes protectively encapsulated in Official Change Checker packaging.
Previous Isle of Man Christmas coins
2021 Isle of Man Christmas Nativity £2
The last Isle of Man Christmas £2 took inspiration from the very same stained-glass window in Church Kirk Christ that features on this year’s design.
2020 ‘A Christmas Carol’ £2 coins
2020 marked 150 years since the passing of Charles Dickens, and so we were treated to three new Isle of Man Christmas coins, each representing a different scene from Dickens’ timeless Christmas tale, ‘A Christmas Carol’.
2019 Santa £2
The 2019 Isle of Man Christmas £2 featured Old St Nick himself, alongside the distinctive Isle of Man Triskelion (three armoured legs). The 2019 Santa £2 was so popular in fact, that some Change Checkers missed out on securing it for their collections.
2018 Hunt the Wren £2
The first Isle of Man Christmas £2 coin set a new tradition of festive £2 coins.
The design on the 2018 Christmas £2 pays tribute to an unusual Boxing Day tradition which takes place on the island – Hunt the Wren. The famous Manx tradition involves communities coming together to dance and sing in the streets around a wren bird, which is paraded around on a special pole.
Isle of Man The Snowman™ 50ps
Prior to 2018, the Isle of Man issued some Christmas 50ps to celebrate the festive season.
In 2003, the Isle of Man issued a 50p to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of The Snowman™. This coin was incredibly sought after by collectors, not only because it was the first ever Snowman™ 50p, but because just 10,000 were minted, making it very scarce.
The Snowman™ 50p was re-issued in 2008 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of The Snowman™.
Another Isle of Man The Snowman™ was issued in 2014 featuring The Snowman™, James and The Snowdog™. Only 30,000 were minted, making it almost as scarce as the 2003 coin.
2023 UK The Snowman™ 50p
The Royal Mint has recently issued a 2023 UK The Snowman™ 50p, the 6th in the UK Snowman™ series! It features James and his frosty friend dancing under the Northern Lights.
Don’t miss out!
The 2023 Isle of Man Christmas £2 truly is the ideal present or stocking filler for this year’s festive celebrations.
What’s more, as this coin will not enter circulation in the UK, this could be your only opportunity to own this BRAND NEW £2.
It’s an exciting time in the collecting world, with many ‘firsts’ to look forward to as we enter a new era of King Charles III coinage.
From the first ever King Charles III portrait featuring on our coins, to the UK’s first ever Coronation 50p, there’s already been some remarkable milestones celebrated on the coins you can find in your change.
These issues will undoubtedly become increasingly sought-after in years to come. But demand for King Charles III coins is already proving to be high!
In August, the Isle of Man released the FIRST King Charles III Decimal Coin Set – including all seven of their decimal coins, which lucky islanders will be able to find in their change.
Isle of Man Manx Wildlife Set
I knew these coins would be popular, but I was shocked at just how quickly we sold through our allocation… In fact, all our stocks had completely sold out in just a few days!
Popularity for the first full King Charles III coin set has certainly got us thinking about what could lie ahead for UK coins and just how high the demand might be when we start to see more King Charles coins released.
So far, the 2022 Memoriam 50p and 2023 Coronation 50p have found their way into our change and we released collector maps for both so that Change Checkers can track where across the country these coins are being found.
If you’re lucky enough to have found the new Coronation 50p in your change, make sure you add it to our map here >>
In the meantime, I (like many other collectors) am eagerly awaiting the chance to find more King Charles III coins in my change and build up a new collection.
For almost 70 years, our definitive and commemorative coins have featured the Queen’s portrait, but with a new era of King Charles III coinage upon us, the collecting race begins once again!
Own the Queen Elizabeth II LAST Definitive Coin Set
2022 marked the final year of Her Majesty’s reign and, as such, these 2022 dated definitives coins were the last ever to be issued with the Queen’s portrait on the obverse.
We’re just over a week away from the first Isle of Man Manx Grand Prix race of 2023!
This world-famous event sees the likes of motorcycle legends, Carl Fogarty, Steve Hislop, and Michael Dunlop (to name a few) tackle the infamous Isle of Man mountain roads.
Crowds flock to the island from the world over and, as 2023 marks the centenary, this year is set to be the biggest yet!
So, it’s only fitting that to celebrate 100 years of the Manx Grand Prix, a BRAND NEW £2 coin has been released.
A Winning Design
The eye-catching design of this new £2 coin features the renowned Manx Grand Prix A.B. Crookall trophy, which is awarded by the Manx Motorcycle Club each year to winner of the Senior Manx Grand Prix.
You’ll also spot the official MGP logo on the reverse, bordered by a decorative laurel wreath. Meanwhile, the obverse design features King Charles III’s effigy by Glyn Davies.
Iconic Isle of Man Sporting Coins
Ask any British Isles collector and you can bet that one of their top themes will include the Isle of Man sporting coins.
For years, the TT race coins have been sought-after among collectors, with many selling for hefty sums on the secondary market.
The first Isle of Man TT coin was a 50p issued in 1981, and a new TT 50p has been released most years since.
Now we see a new Isle of Man sporting £2 – issued to celebrate 100 years of the Manx Grand Prix – I’ve no doubt collectors will be racing to get their hands on this coin!
The Race is on to Own the Manx Grand Prix £2
Start your engines! We have a small initial allocation of CERTIFIED Brilliant Uncirculated coins available in Change Checker packaging, so the race is now on to own the 2023 Isle of Man Manx Grand Prix £2!