Last year, two Isle of Man £2 coins were released for the special anniversary year of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, and now that the legendary races are in full swing, I’m sure you’ll be just as excited as I am to hear that two brand new TT £2 coins have been issued for 2019!
These coins are particularly special, as they mark 112 years since the first TT race in 1907 and the 100th race which will take place this year, due to no races being held during war time.
The reverse designs feature legendary rider, Steve Hislop racing the Tourist Trophy track.
The obverse features Jody Clark’s new portrait of HRH Queen Elizabeth II as seen on last year’s TT £2s and you might notice that this portrait looks quite different to UK coins, as the Queen’s shoulders are present in the design.
Commemorating racing hero, Steve ‘Hizzy’ Hislop
These coins celebrate Steve ‘Hizzy’ Hislop, 11 time winner of the notorious Tourist Trophy races.
Known by motoring enthusiasts world-wide as the ultimate road race, the 37.73 mile monster course takes place each year across the winding public roads on the Isle of Man.
In 1989 Hizzy rode into the history books as the first rider to lap at over 120mph! The 30th anniversary of this epic achievement has now been commemorated with two brand new coins that will enter circulation on the Isle of Man.
Hislop’s first win was in 1987, although he really stole the show in 1989 and 1991, winning three races in a week! His extraordinary racing career has cemented him as a hero of the TT mountain circuit.
Isle of Man TT numismatic history
Since the first Isle of Man TT coins were issued in 1981, they have proved incredibly popular amongst collectors and motoring enthusiasts alike, with some selling for over £700 on eBay!
The first Isle of Man TT coin was a 50p which featured famous motorcyclist Joey Dunlop and only 5,000 coins of this design were struck.
A new TT 50p has been released most years since 1981 by the Isle of Man, however commemorative £2, £5 and Crown coins have also been issued to mark the event, which just goes to show how important and incredibly popular the TT races are.
Last year the Isle of Man release two £2 coins commemorating racing legend Mike Hailwood’s 60th year since his first TT race and 40th year 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.
In 2017 a special commemorative £5 coin was issued to celebrate 110 years of the TT. This coin featured the Roman God, Mercury, the Winged God of the Messengers.
Unusually, the coin was re-struck and re-dated in 2018, specially for collectors.
Another Isle of Man £2 coin to grip the attention of collectors isn’t actually another TT themed coin, but features three old-style cars racing and was issued in 1998 to celebrate the annual Rally, formerly known as the Manx Trophy Rally.
As with all Isle of Man coins, this coin isn’t actually legal tender in the UK, however we were lucky enough to come across this coin in our £2 coin hunt, which just goes to show why you should always be checking your change, as you never know which rare and interesting coins might turn up.
Due to the popularity of the previous motor racing themed coins, we expect that the brand new Isle of Man TT £2 coins featuring Steve Hislop will be very sought-after by collectors.
And, with just 15,000 of each design initially entering circulation on the Isle of Man, Isle of Man based Change Checkers are sure to become the envy of collectors everywhere!
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To celebrate England’s on-going success at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ , The Royal Mint has issued a special release that is only available to purchase for four weeks – the UK 2018 Lion of England £5 BU pack.
This unique version of the coin has been specially struck with a 2018 date to mark such an incredible moment in British sporting history.
Collectors and England fans will appreciate the Lion of England theme as we watch the Three Lions head into the semi-finals against Croatia tonight for the first time in 28 years.
Dare we say it… Football’s coming home!
This is definitely one for the collector. Not on the original scheduled release list, the coin features the Lion of England with a special 2018 striking date – a rare occurrence and one that will make this coin hugely collectable to not only football fans but sharp-eyed collectors.
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England are in the FIFA World Cup™ semi-finals for the first time in 28 years and the country is going berserk – football could finally be coming home!
It was a nail biting progression from groups to final 16 and then the quarter-finals and now as we find ourselves approaching the semi’s against Croatia, the hopes of the nation are resting on the England team.
As we think back to ‘66 we remember the glory of victory and look to the semi-finals with hope for our second ever World Cup win!
The FIFA World Cup™ is watched by over 700 million people and is the single biggest sporting event across the globe.
You don’t have to be a football fan to be swept along by the mania and support for our team, as chants of ‘football’s coming home’ ring out up and down the nation and the country prepares to watch the semi-finals against Croatia on Wednesday.
If this is to be our year, Official collectables will be massively sought-after – and not least these. Two of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ coins issued for the tournament.
These have been released into circulation over there but are still incredibly hard to get hold of.
Featuring the Official FIFA World Cup™ Emblem and World Cup Trophy, only a limited number of these coins are available and with the football frenzy that’s gripped the nation, we’re sure these will be hugely popular amongst coin collectors and England supporters alike.
Whatever the result of tomorrow’s match, the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ has shown the world who we are and how we play.
There’s an incredible buzz and excitement as England seizes the opportunity to bring it home and let’s hope that they do us proud!
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