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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! (oh yes it is!)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as Guernsey release a brand new set of Christmas Pantomime 50p coins!

These fantastic new coins feature designs based on five beloved Pantomimes which are sure to take you to a whole new world as you experience the magic of the theatre brought to life on a 50p coin.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! (oh yes it is!)

Complete BU Set

Whilst 4,000 of each design will be entering circulation, they will only be released in Guernsey and you can bet your bottom dollar that any lucky Guernsey Change Checkers coming across these coins will be sure to hold on to them.

Unfortunately we don’t all have a Fairy Godmother who can wave a magic wand and make these coins appear in our UK change (but wouldn’t that be nice!).

However, the complete set is now available to purchase in Brilliant Uncirculated quality here.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! (oh yes it is!)

Authorised by the Guernsey Treasury and fully approved by Her Majesty the Queen, the set includes some of the most loved pantomime themes:

  • Aladdin
  • Cinderella
  • Snow White
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Dick Whittington

Silver Proof Set

But that’s not all… As if by magic, these coins have been brought to life in vibrant colour for the Silver Proof Pantomime 50p coin set.

Each beautiful coin is struck from Solid Silver and features selective colour printing to capture the fun of the theatre.

Only 2,019 of the Guernsey Silver Christmas Pantomime 50p sets are available and we all know how quickly Silver 50p coins sell out – the Silver Gruffalo 50p sold out within the first day of launch and had an edition limit of 25,000!

This stunning set is now available to purchase here.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! (oh yes it is!)

The first Guernsey Christmas coins

Did you know that Guernsey has never released a Christmas coin before? This is bound to make these Christmas Panto 50ps particularly special for coin collectors.

However it’s fair to say that Christmas themed coins make an envious addition to anyone’s collection, with the numerous festive 50ps from the Isle of Man proving to be incredibly popular.

One of the most-loved Christmas themes to feature on a coin has got to be the Snowman.

In 2003, the first coin to feature the Snowman was issued by the Isle of Man and had a tiny mintage of just 10,000. 

Although not many of these coins are available on the secondary market, if you did want to add one to your collection, you’d be looking at parting with a minimum of £200!

The hunt is on for the Isle of Man Wren £2 and other Manx Christmas coins!
The 2003 Snowman 50p from the Isle of Man is in high demand on the secondary market. Credit: eBay

The Snowman has since featured on a number of Isle of Man Christmas coins, and even made his first appearance on a UK coin last year.

Just 20,000 issued for circulation

With such a wonderful Christmas theme and the fact that just 4,000 of each Panto 50p will initially be released into circulation in Guernsey, these coins are sure to follow in the Snowman’s footprints and be incredibly sought-after.

But it’s not just the theme which makes these coins so special…

Mintage figures for Isle of Man 50ps have never exceeded 30,000, and as the new Guernsey coins have a combined mintage of just 20,000 I’m sure you’ll agree that they are bound to be hugely collectable!

Guernsey mintage figures are known for being much smaller than the UK, which is down to their much smaller population of just over 63,000.

Vote for your favourite!

Pantomime has a long theatrical history and is especially popular during the festive period. So now it’s time to get the show started and celebrate with the fantastic new Christmas Pantomime 50p set from Guernsey.

We’d love to hear which of these coins is your favourite, so let us know by voting in the poll below!


Secure your Brilliant Uncirculated Christmas Pantomime Set

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! (oh yes it is!)

Celebrate the Christmas season with five brand new Brilliant Uncirculated Pantomime 50ps from Guernsey.

Click here to order the set today

Jersey and Guernsey celebrate 50 years of the 50p!

With just over a month to go until the official 50th anniversary of the 50p coin, celebrations have now hit Jersey and Guernsey as the British Crown Dependencies mark this monumental numismatic milestone.

As the world’s first seven-sided coin, the 50p caused quite a stir when it was first issued in 1969, however it has since become one of the most popular and highly collected coins in circulation, both across Britain and its Crown Dependencies.

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary, a unique pair of Jersey and Guernsey 50p coins have been specially re-issued this year.

Jersey and Guernsey celebrate 50 years of the 50p!
2019 re-issued Guernsey and Jersey 50p coins

This set includes re-issued versions of the 1969 Ducal Cap 50p from the Bailiwick of Guernsey and the 1969 Coat of Arms from the Bailiwick of Jersey. These were the first 50p coins issued in the British Crown Dependencies and the pair have now been re-struck with the 2019 year date in Brilliant Uncirculated quality for collectors.

Whilst Jersey and Guernsey coins aren’t legal tender in the UK, they have a history of becoming highly collectable due to their low mintage figures…

Guernsey 50p Mintage Figures

Jersey and Guernsey celebrate 50 years of the 50p!

Two definitive 50p coin designs have been issued in Guernsey since decimalisation – The Ducal Cap and Freesia Flowers.

The 1969 Ducal Cap 50p has been re-issued in the smaller specification for the 50th Anniversary of the 50p.

Jersey and Guernsey celebrate 50 years of the 50p!
2019 Guernsey Ducal Cap 50p, issued as part of the 50th Anniversary of the 50p Pair

Anthony Wagner’s design features the Ducal Cap of the Duke of Normandy on the reverse.

Jersey and Guernsey celebrate 50 years of the 50p!
Bailiwick of Guernsey Freesia Flowers 50p – just 5,000 in circulation!

Unlike UK coins, the obverse of the Guernsey Freesia Flowers 50p feature the Guernsey Coat of Arms, which includes three lions next to Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait. This makes the 50p particularly distinguishable.

Whilst Guernsey coins aren’t legal tender in the UK, they do turn up in our change from time to time. And if you’re lucky enough to come across one, make sure you check to see if you’ve been able to find Guernsey’s rarest definitive 50p – the 1987 Freesia Flowers.

A tiny 5,000 Freesia Flowers 50ps were released in 1987 – that means there’s only enough for roughly 8% of the population of Guernsey to own one of these coins each!

Jersey 50p Mintage Figures

Jersey and Guernsey celebrate 50 years of the 50p!

Two definitive 50p coin designs have also been issued in Jersey since decimalisation – the Shield and Grosnez Castle.

The 1969 Shield 50p has been re-issued in the smaller specification for the 50th Anniversary of the 50p.

Jersey and Guernsey celebrate 50 years of the 50p!
2019 Jersey Grosnez Castle 50p, issued as part of the 50th Anniversary of the 50p Pair

George Kruger Gray’s design features three lions on a shield on the reverse. The obverse features Arnold Machin’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen.

Again, these coins aren’t legal tender in the UK, so if you do find one in your change it would have found its way to you by accident, perhaps due to a holiday maker spending it by mistake.

Whether you find yourself checking your change in Jersey or the UK, you’ll want to keep a watchful eye on any Grosnez Castle 50ps that you might be lucky enough to find, as one year in particular is very rare…

Jersey and Guernsey celebrate 50 years of the 50p!
Bailiwick of Jersey Grosnez Castle 50p

Just 10,000 Grosnez Castle 50ps were issued in 2003 – compare that to the 23,583,000 Britannia 50ps released in the UK in 2003 and you’ll appreciate just how rare this coin really is!

Have you been lucky enough to come across any Jersey or Guernsey 50ps, either in circulation in the UK or when you’ve been on holiday to the British Isles? And will you be securing the special 50th Anniversary pair to mark this milestone moment?


Own the BRAND NEW 50th Anniversary of the 50p Pair

Jersey and Guernsey celebrate 50 years of the 50p!

This unique pair of 50p coins includes Jersey and Guernsey’s first year of issue designs 50ps from 1969 – re-issued with the 2019 year date!

Click here to secure the pair for your collection.

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.