Collecting Isle of Man Christmas 50p Coins (I)*--Base Metal

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This chapter will only go through IOM Xmas 50p diamond finish coins picture by picture from 1980 to 1996.

The Pobjoy Mint (hereafter the Mint) invented and produced Christmas theme coins on Manx 50ps on behalf of the government of Isle of Man (hereafter Tynwald) in 1980. Also, the Mint claimed that they have only had ability to produce proof coins in 1980 onwards. 

A significance point found on IOM 50ps over years is that the Mint only had rights (or under permission) to mint coins from 1972 to 1975 on behalf of the Tynwald. All reverse designs continued to use come from the RM 1971 definitive version, and all obverse designs were completed by people from the Royal Mint, like Christopher Ironside etc. It is reported that Derek Pobjoy, founder of the Pobjoy mint, submitted a workable proposal to the Tynwald in 1972. This is how the Mint got their the first contract from the Tynwald. Also, you may notice that 1972 IOM 25p crown-sized coins were minted by the RCM. All silver 25p crown coins were only distributed by Spink whom set up a special office on the island. Info are gathered cross panel (i.e., viking boat 50ps, IOM TT 50ps etc). Anyway, it is a little far away off the main topic, probably let we put focus on IOM Xmas theme coins first here.

Generally speaking, designs on the Xmas 50p diamond finish (hereafter DF) coin from 1980 to 1998 are a vivid picture showing the very traditional style of IOM daily life. The life is influenced by Victoria era. Each year, a DF coin tells you a story that is absolutely different before when you hold it. In the following parts, you are able to see the world first Xmas 50p coin, and then all Xmas 50p coins are illustrated year by year. Coin techs are 30.00mm in diameter and 13.50g in weight, and most likely very high prooflike grade, and 2nd and/or 3rd effigy of Q.E. II during the period of 1980 to 1997 .

Before we are heading down to Part I, let we talk a little bit on certs from 1980 to 2016. In the mean time, this talk will cover the mint's logos from 1965 to present. 

In pictures below, named A(a)/B(b)/C(c)/D(d), show the mint's logo over years, and different signatures from the treasurer of IOM in different years.  
  • Picture A & B, the 1st mint logo in use from 1965 to 1996. (Picture A is only for 1980 Xmas 50p MULE coins, Picture B for 1984 to 1996 Xmas 50p coins. Note 1981/82/83 are big size ones, not showing within this case.) 
  • Picture C, the 2nd mint logo in use from 1997 to 2007. The Mint moved to new premises in 1997 as well. (Picture C for 1997 to 2007 Xmas 50p coins)
  • Picture D, the 3rd mint logo in use from 2008 onwards to date. 
Note: In theory and logic, it should have followed up principle above, but sadly in reality it is really hard to follow. Here it is showing an idea what real IOM Xmas 50p coin certs are.

Part I

1980, Stagecoach
At the beginning of this part, it generally introduces 1980 IOM Xmas 50p coins. And it then decomposes into 1980 Xmas variations due to the existence of many variety. 

The Mint claims that they updated new machinery in 1980 so that proof coins/sets were minted and introduced that year onwards. This info could confirm that 10 out of 10 the Mint were in control of designing and minting Manx coinages, and the length of a contract was "long enough". 

1980 IOM Xmas 50p in pictures below,
  • 1980 IOM Xmas Diamond Finish 50p Coin with BC die marks (top, they call this coin as Diamond Finish),
  • 1980 IOM Xmas Diamond Finish 50p Coin with BD die marks (middle),
  • 1980 IOM Xmas Diamond Finish 50p Coin with BF die marks (bottom, MULE coin).

Note
  • Obv. designer Arnold Machin from the RM.
  • BC die marks were declared by PM for "the first Xmas coin in the world". BC possibly stands for Before Christ (supporting evidence PMM in 2000).
  • 1st in series
1980 IOM Xmas 50p Diamond Finish Coin with BC die marks
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1980 IOM Xmas 50p Diamond Finish Mule Coin 'Stateless'
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Variation(s) on 1980 IOM Xmas 50p Diamond Finish Coin

1. This part shows the Mule 50p "stateless" ever in British coinage history. 

It is very interesting to talk about this mule coin. Because the Mint did this stateless coin unintentionally. We are all human being. It is understandable that people make errors. Secondly, the Mint were called for entering the Viking Exhibition show in New York with the coins minted in 1979 but with 1980 the new obverse. Thirdly, all obverses were changing legend to Isle of Man Elizabeth II from Elizabeth the Second. However, if you ponder 1.1 section below, you are going to have your own answers on mule coins how careless they were. 

---1.0). 1980 IOM Xmas 50p Diamond Finish Coin with BF die marks, which is a MULE coin. More significant about this it is "STATELESS".

Note
  • In following pictures, top panel shows the Mule coin NGC slabbed,
  • Bottom panel shows the provenance of the Mule coin. 
  • ONLY MULE coins with Typical Blue Version Cert!!!
  • Reference books say that only a few coins exist.
  • The obverses have many different grade types at least two.
  • Obv. designer Arnold Machin from the RM.
  • 1st in series.
1980 IOM Xmas 50p MULE Coin "Stateless"
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The MULE coin provenance
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---1.1). 1980 IOM Xmas 50p Diamond Finish Coin with BF die marks
There is a significant difference on BF coins. The difference on reverses between ordinary ones (for instance BC) and this one (below BF) is located at a area between people waving towards the boat & under the boat. The difference is noted on MULE coins as well. BF coins and BF Mule coins have the difference in common. If you get a very closer look at BF coins below, this batch of coins are PF grade coins. Based on this finding, it says that the Mint noticed the MULE error and quickly changed them to correct the obverse, but did not notice this difference. Also, it could be other way around. Assumably the coin's reverse was the original version.

Also, if you look at the Mule 50p coins, there are at least two different the obverses. This means, (assumption) they were minting xmas theme 50ps for 1980, and they needed to break the chain to mint coins like AC/D for the show in NY due to the attendance of the show in NY in 1980. At this point, it concludes that the show in NY was not in their plan and they were under lot of pressures to do so.    

Supporting evidence for above. You are able to see two very different die marks in 1980, BF come from 1980 Xmas theme and DD come from 1980 Viking the boats theme. Based on info that the PM have had purchases on machinery in early 1980s. Therefore, BF and DD are correlated each other somehow. Interestingly, the BF coin below is a coin in proof grade. 
1980 IOM Xmas 50p Diamond Finish Coin with BF die marks
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Diamond Finish Coin or NOT??

2. This part, it is an extra part for the purpose to let you see this type of BB-die-mark coins below. Is it a diamond finish coin or not? Then you will have your own decision. 

---2.0). 1980 IOM Xmas 50p Coin with BB die marks

Note
  • It is low minting quality in contrast with BC/BD/BF/BF (mule) die-mark coins.
  • No mirrored-like field.
1980 IOM Xmas 50p Coin with BB die marks
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1981, Harbor and Boat


Note
  • Obv. designer Arnold Machin from the RM.
  • Manx cat first appearance noted.
  • 2nd in series.
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1982, Carollers


Note
  • Manx cat
  • 3rd in series
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1983, Motor--Ford Model T driving right

75th Anniversary, Ford Model T (1908-1983)
The design depicts The town of Ramsey, and the Ford Model T driving right. 

Ford Motor Company (Ford, established 1903 in USA), Ford Motor Company Limited, a subsidiary of Ford.
Ford Motor Company (England) Limited was established in England in 1909, purchased by Ford Motor Company Limited, incorporated in 1928. 
Ford Motor Company Limited adopted the name of Ford of Britain in 1960. (see below a special carded xmas 50p coin).

Ford Model T, the first affordable automobile. Not only showing the success of Ford but also depicting a powerful symbol of the modernisation of America's age. 

Note
  • Obv. designer Arnold Machin from the RM.
  • Manx cat
  • 75th Anniversary of Ford Model T.
  • 4th in series
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1984, Trains


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  • Obv. designer Arnold Machin from the RM.
  • 5th in series
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1985, Aeroplanes


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  • Obv. designer Raphael Maklouf from the RM.
  • 6th in series
1985 IOM Xmas 50p Diamond Finish Coin with BB die marks
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1986, Horse-drawn Tram


Note
  • Obv. designer Raphael Maklouf from the RM.
  • Manx cat
  • 7th in series
1986 IOM Xmas 50p Diamond Finish Coin with BB die marks
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1987, Bus


Note
  • Obv. designer Raphael Maklouf from the RM.
  • Manx cat
  • 8th in series
1987 IOM Xmas 50p Diamond Finish Coin with BB die marks
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1988, Motor bike


Note
  • BA die marks noted on standard finish coins. Die marks have BB-BA-AA. IOM coinage change reverse's design from Viking full-sail boat to Computer this year. 
  • Also under permission of the government of Gibraltar to mint Xmas 50p Coins this year 3 wise men.
  • Obv. designer Raphael Maklouf from the RM.
  • Manx cat
  • 9th in series
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1989, Tram


Note
  • Obv. designer Raphael Maklouf from the RM.
  • Manx cat
  • 10th in series
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1990, Cruise ship


Note
  • Obv. designer Raphael Maklouf from the RM.
  • Manx cat
  • 11th in series
1990 IOM Xmas 50p Diamond Finish Coin with BB die marks
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1991, The birth place of Jesus-Nativity Scene


This coin is highly related to the subject of Christmas on IOM 50ps first time. According to Gregory Cameron (the designer of the last "Round Pound"), "while Christmas is based on a Christian story it is a festival for everyone; a time when we celebrate the affinity and closeness in our own families and beyond, and wish goodwill to all people". 

Note
  • Obv. designer Raphael Maklouf from the RM.
  • The first highly related with the Xmas theme.
  • 12th in series
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1992, Newspaper boy


Note
  • Obv. designer Raphael Maklouf from the RM.
  • Manx cat
  • 13th in series
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1993, Framed the birth of Jesus-Nativity Scene


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  • Obv. designer Raphael Maklouf from the RM.
  • 14th in series
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1994, Hunting


Note
  • Obv. designer Raphael Maklouf from the RM.
  • Manx cat.
  • First showing ND coins.
  • 15th in series
1994 IOM Xmas 50p Diamond Finish Coin with no die marks
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1995, Children sledding


Note
  • Obv. designer Raphael Maklouf from the RM.
  • Manx cat
  • 16th in series
1995 IOM Xmas 50p Diamond Finish Coin with no die marks
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1996, Children snowballs fighting


Note
  • Obv. designer Raphael Maklouf from the RM.
  • Manx cat
  • 17th in series
1996 IOM Xmas 50p Diamond Finish Coin with no die marks
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Note All coins showing above come from carded versions.

*Clarification: All views or points stated about within this chapter, they all stand for the author own views ONLY. 
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