Isle of Man celebrate Christmas with brand new Nativity £2 coin!

Each year, I eagerly anticipate the Isle of Man‘s latest Christmas issue. From the popular 2018 Hunt the Wren £2 to the charming Santa £2 of 2019, the Isle of Man are one of the best when it comes to festive coins.

But this year, I’ve been left mesmerised by the design of their latest £2 coin. Taking influence from the origins of Christmas, the 2021 Isle of Man Christmas £2 depicts a design of the Nativity scene from the stained glass window found in the Kirk Christ Church on the Island.

2021 Isle of Man Christmas Nativity £2

Designed by Glen Davies, this £2 coin is a truly unique festive addition to any collection this Christmas season. With Christmas just a matter of weeks away, this stunning £2 coin makes for the perfect gift or stocking filler for a friend or relative!

Your coin has been struck to a superior Brilliant Uncirculated quality – the standard favoured amongst collectors! Carefully encapsulated in Official Change Checker packaging with that all-important security hologram guaranteeing its quality, your coin will be protected for generations to come.

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Following in the popularity of previous Isle of Man Christmas coins, this set is sure to be in high demand amongst collectors.

JUST 5,000 will be entering circulation on the Isle of Man, so this coin will be particularly hard to come by, as I’m sure collectors on the island will be quick to snap them up!

The island has released some truly beautiful coins in recent years, and as their mintage figures are typically much lower than UK coins, they are often highly sought-after by collectors…

2020 ‘A Christmas Carol’ £2 Coins

2020 Isle of Man ‘A Christmas Carol’ £2 Coins

In 2020, to mark the 150th year since the passing of Charles Dickens, the Isle of Man issued three enchanting £2 coins, each inspired by his timeless Christmas tale, A Christmas Carol, including:

  • Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present
  • Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past and Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
  • Scrooge with Tiny Tim as a representation of his redemption

A Christmas Carol, published in 1843, is arguably one of Charles Dickens’ most famous novels – teaching us to keep the spirit of Christmas and kindness in our hearts all year round.

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2019 Santa £2 Coin

2019 Santa £2

Prior to 2019, the Isle of Man issued Christmas themed 50ps most years. However, this incredibly popular Santa £2 coin created a new tradition.

This magical design features an enchanting portrait of Old St. Nick and bears the inscription ‘Nollick Ghennal’ which is Manx for ‘Merry Christmas’.

At the top of the coin, the distinctive Isle of Man Triskelion (three armoured legs) can be seen. This coin was so popular that sadly some Change Checkers missed out on securing it for their collections!

2018 Hunt the Wren £2

2018 Isle of Man £2

Boxing day on the Isle of Man, is often reserved for a very special but unusual tradition.

Communities come together across the island to dance and sing in the streets around “the king of all birds” who is paraded around on a pole. 

Hunt the Wren, as it is known on the island has become one of the most popular yet more unusual Manx traditions in practice today.

The practice dates back to Pagan times and is centred on the wren bird, which is hunted and then danced through the streets on a special pole.

This £2 coin was issued in 2018 by The Isle of Man to celebrate the Manx tradition.


With the Isle of Man having a history of remarkably popular coins, this latest £2 issue is SURE to be in high demand with collectors!

Are you a collector on the Isle of Man? Will you be checking your change for this brand new coin?


Celebrate the festive period with this brand new £2 coin!

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The 2021 Isle of Man Christmas Nativity £2 coin is a truly unique festive addition to any collection this Christmas season, or could even make the perfect Christmas gift or stocking filler for a friend or relative!

This brand new festive £2 coin has been struck to a superior Brilliant Uncirculated quality – the standard favoured amongst collectors – and has been carefully encapsulated in Official Change Checker packaging with that all-important security hologram guaranteeing its quality.

Stir Up Sunday – the story behind the numismatic Christmas tradition

There are countless coins thought to be lucky, but there’s one lucky coin in particular which comes to my mind at this time of year…

The much-loved lucky Sixpence has been a part of Christmas traditions for generations and as this weekend marks ‘Stir-up Sunday’, we take a look back at the tradition that harks back to Victorian times.

 

Christmas tradition

Stir Up Sunday is celebrated five weeks before Christmas Day, when the whole family would gather together to stir the Christmas pudding and make a special wish for the year ahead.

The Christmas pudding itself is said to have been introduced to Britain by Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria and traditionally, when making the pudding, a sixpence would be added to the mix.

This was said to bring wealth and good fortune in the coming year if you found the coin in your portion on Christmas day.

It’s no surprise that collectors love these coins so much. The 1961 Sixpence below can be seen featuring an entwined design of a flora, leek, rose, thistle, and shamrock, the sixpence has long been a token of good luck so is an original and thoughtful gift for a friend or relative.

 

 

The Sixpence was first minted during Edward VI’s reign in 1551 and was struck in silver up until 1947. From this date onwards the coin was struck in cupronickel.

But there is one particular Victorian Sixpence that collectors hunt for…

The 1887 Withdrawn Silver Sixpence

In 1887, new coin designs were to be issued for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. Surprisingly, the Silver Sixpence shared the same design as the Gold Half Sovereign.

Of course, it didn’t take long for some crafty opportunists to start coating the Silver Sixpence in gold paint after realising they could easily be passed off as the far more valuable Half Sovereign.

The authorities hastily withdrew the Sixpence and a quick redesign took place, with the new 1887 Sixpence reverting to a design similar to previous years, with a crown at the top of the design and a wreath around the sides, with “SIX PENCE” written across the middle of the coin.

1887 Withdrawn Silver Sixpence

 

Nobody can be sure how rare these coins are, as mintage figures only record how many Sixpences were issued each year, rather than individually listing each design type and, because there were three different designs of the Sixpence in 1887, it’s impossible to know how many withdrawn coins survived.

One thing is certain though, the withdrawn coin is the Sixpence collectors hunt high and low for.

So whether you’re looking to hunt down a rare Sixpence for your collection, or if you’re preparing your Christmas pudding ready for Stir Up Sunday, we wish you the very best of luck this festive season.

 


 

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