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NEWS Issue number 144

Spring 2014

In this issue... Archibald Knox Celtic Style Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of his Birth Battle of Clontarf Millennium 1014 – 2014 • The Manx Ark Rare Breeds Miniature Sheet D-Day 70th Anniversary - A Manxman’s Journey • Howard Pixton and The Schneider Trophy • John McGuinness – The First 20 TT Wins • New IOM Treasury Coins and all the latest news…


Welcome to our Spring 2014 newsletter Dear friends, It is with pleasure I am writing the latest introduction to Stamps & Coin News - we are seeing longer days on the Island and the countryside is ablaze with hosts of golden daffodils in the hedgerows and gardens, spring is definitely in the air. We have some fresh starts in the department too. New to us are Sue, Jan and Maureen who prepare your stock items and undertake a lot of the packing. Jade has joined us for a few hours from POHQ each week to prepare our Welcome Letters for new customers. If you have any friends or family who you think would like a complimentary pack please don’t hesitate to drop Jade a line at our usual address or email jade.parker@iompost.com. It was with sadness we wished Andy Sykes a long and happy retirement on the 4th April. Andy is an avarian so what better gift than a Jeremy Paul original painting of his favourite species a Pekin Robin. Another departure was our former Chairman of Isle of Man Post Office Stamps & Coins Geoff Corkish MBE MLC. Geoff has been extremely supportive of Stamps and Coins since his appointment by Tynwald in 2011. Always on hand to promote our brand and

happily sign certificates for our limited editions. His successor is Graham Cregeen MHK, who represents the constituents of Malew in the south of the Island. Graham knows the Post Office well so you can be sure it’s very much business as usual. Our new issues cover a Millennium of Manxmen playing their part in history books from Brodir in Clontarf to Archibald Knox and finally Hector Duff who records his D-Day memories and let’s not forget the Manx Ark project aimed at securing the future of endangered fauna. It all goes to show that for a small Island our influence is far-reaching and long may it continue. With all good wishes

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Isle of Man Stamps & Coins Return Triumphantly from Leading Stampex Show Isle of Man Stamps & Coins representatives attended Spring Stampex 2014 at the Business Design Centre in London and met with a number of its existing customers and contacts at the show. Stampex is a twice yearly event and one of the largest stamp exhibitions in the philatelic calendar, organised by the Philatelic Traders Society. The show attracts significant interest from Stamps and Coins key audience and this year’s event featured over 100 exhibitors with dealers and philatelists from all over the world.

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Andy Sykes Retires from Isle of Man Stamps & Coins After 10 years Andy Sykes was wished a fond farewell at his retirement presentation by existing and former staff; it was great to see some of the old faces attend. Andy has been with the business for ten years primarily in stamp production and will be greatly missed. We’d like to thank him for all his hard work and wish him a very happy, healthy and long retirement.

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News Highlights Customer Satisfaction Survey Results Thanks to everyone who responded to our customer survey. Your feedback was mostly positive which reassures us our service meets your expectations, but there is always room for improvement which we will now strive for so we can surpass them and give you the very best service. Some highlights from the survey…

56% of customers were introduced to Isle of Man stamp products by a family member or friend

98% of customers agree our issue programme is interesting and well-balanced

28% of customers also collect books – see This Terrible Ordeal Manx Letters, Diaries and Memories of the Great War by Matthew Richardson page 16

97% of customers agree Isle of Man stamp products are attractive in colour and design

Majority use stamp news for the latest issues and news.

Postal Rates and Services We are pleased to include a copy of our new postal rates and services with our May standing order despatch. We felt that this information would be both useful and interesting as it shows how we determine our stamp values. We regularly canvas our counter network and business community to assess which values are most commonly required for postal purposes. We would welcome your feedback as to whether or not this is something you would like to receive each year.

Archibald Knox Celtic Style Exhibition and Stamp Launch Event On April 4, representatives from the Post Office attended the launch event for the Manx National Heritage Celtic Style exhibition which will be held at the House of Manannan, Peel for the next 12 months. During the launch speeches, Isle of Man Post Office Chairman Graham Cregeen presented a framed set of our Archibald Knox Stamps launched on the same day to Peter Reid of Lloyds Bank. Lloyds and Manx National Heritage collaborated with us on the stamp issue. Opposite: Peter Reid Isle of Man Post Office, Tony Pass Manx National Heritage and Peter Reid Lloyds Bank.

John McGuinness Stamp Celebration “Takes the Cake”! We wished TT legend John McGuinness a Happy Birthday with a special birthday card and cake featuring elements of our brand new collection commemorating his first 20 TT wins. The Morecambe Missile said he was ‘thrilled to bits’, adding: ‘You know you’ve made it when the Isle of Man Post Office issues stamps in your honour.’. See the new collection on page 15.

For additional news stories please visit iomstamps.com Winners of Guess the Stamp Competition Congratulations to winners of the Winter 2014 Guess the Stamp Competition. Answer: Isle of Man Internment – Art History (35p) issue date 24.09.10. Thank you to all entrants, please see reverse of the order form for our Spring 2014 Guess the Stamp Competition to be in with a chance of winning one of our 10 fantastic prizes! Thank you to all entrants, better luck next time. Winter 2014 competition winners: C Cobley, G Rogers, R Burgess, R Dunning, J Greenbank, S Martinelli, D Owen, J Kneen, M Ryan, E Crudgington 3


NEW COLLECTION Issue Date: 04.04.14

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of his Birth

The Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present this set of ten stamps in collaboration with Manx National Heritage and Lloyds Bank on the occasion of a landmark exhibition at the House of Manannan in Peel.

April 2014 sees the 150th anniversary of the birth of Archibald Knox – the internationally renowned Manx artist and designer for Liberty & Co and leading exponent of the ‘British Celtic Revival’ design style in the early 20th century. Although now most well known for his silver and pewter designs for Liberty, to his Manx contemporaries in the 1910s and 1920s he would have been better known as a graphic designer producing designs for everything from illustrations for a book of Manx fairy tales and several of the Island’s war memorials to the cover of a theatre programme and cheques for a Manx grocer. Whatever his designs were used for and whether cast in silver, carved in stone or printed on paper, they all shared a common motif – the intricate interlace designs and knots that show Knox’s lifelong fascination with the carved Norse and Celtic stone crosses that had surrounded him from his childhood onwards. Knox was a prolific artist and designer whose great body of work contains several iconic examples of early 20th century design but there is one piece that can be considered to be his greatest masterpiece and his most personal work of art. This is the illuminated manuscript of the Deer’s Cry (or St Patrick’s Breastplate), a lorica or prayer of protection traditionally ascribed to St Patrick and said to have been written by him in the 5th century, although now thought to date from the 8th century. The traditional Old Irish prayer was translated into English in the 19th century and became popular as a hymn. It was one of the English translations that Knox chose to reproduce as an illuminated manuscript. Each line of the prayer is illustrated using a combination 4

of his highly distinctive and intricate interlace and calligraphy to produce a unique design, where the choice of colours and overall design illustrate both the words and meaning of the prayer. Examples of this can be seen in His Baptism where the interlaced letters create a pool of clear blue water and in the words His Burial where the letters are woven into an interlace pattern, that on further observation appears to look more like the linen threads of a shroud. A line of the prayer, An Invocation to the Trinity, contains a central design of a shamrock, illustrating the tradition that St Patrick is said to have used a shamrock to explain the concept of the Trinity. The intricate interlace and calligraphy can mean that the lettering is almost impossible to read on first glance but by taking time to appreciate the designs, one can discover (and uncover) the hidden words within. Knox had a strong Anglo-Catholic faith and the Deer’s Cry can be seen both as a work of religious meditation in its production and something to meditate on as each page was completed. Knox worked on the Deer’s Cry for several years, although he appears not to have been satisfied with the early work that he had produced whilst working as a parcel censor at the Knockaloe Civilian Internment Camp during the First World War. He continued working on the project throughout the 1920s and 1930s, while also working full-time as an art teacher and a commercial designer, but sadly his great


masterpiece was not to be completed before his death in 1933. The Deer’s Cry had been displayed just before his death by the Knox Guild (a group of his ex-art students) in London and it was as a bequest by Miss Winifred Tuckfield (Mrs Broun-Morison), one of Knox’s ex-pupils, on behalf of the Knox Guild, that the Deer’s Cry was presented to the Manx Museum in 1957. Knox produced the Deer’s Cry, not for commercial reasons or to sell or for public admiration, but as a deeply personal and private work. He worked on the Deer’s Cry over several years and countless hours have gone into the design and execution of each intricate

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“The Deer’s Cry is probably one of Knox’s greatest masterpieces but also one of his least known works, produced as a deeply personal and private work. I am extremely pleased that the Isle of Man Post Office stamp issue will bring this great work to a much wider public audience, who I have no doubt will also be fascinated and enthralled by its beauty.”

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and distinctive watercolour design. At any stage in their production, and several pages have designs on both sides, Knox could have made a mistake and several weeks’ worth of work could have been ruined in a moment. It is impossible to imagine how many hours of time, dedication and pages of work went into the production of the manuscript we now see. The Deer’s Cry can be seen as a window into Knox’s private life as a man of faith and his desire to look beyond the obvious and superficial and with each visit, the viewer today can continue to see and discover more in these fascinating and beautiful designs.

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Knox produced the Deer’s Cry, not for commercial reasons or to sell or for public admiration, but as a deeply personal and private work. He worked on the Deer’s Cry over several years and countless hours have gone into the design and execution of each intricate and distinctive watercolour design. At any stage in their production, and several pages have designs on both sides, Knox could have made a mistake and several weeks’ worth of work could have been ruined in a moment. It is impossible to imagine how many hours of time, dedication and pages of work went into the production of the manuscript we now see. The Deer’s Cry can be seen as a window into Knox’s private life as a man of faith and his desire to look beyond the obvious and superficial and with each visit, the viewer today can continue to see and discover more in these fascinating and beautiful designs.

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NEW COLLECTION Issue Date: 15.04.14

Battle of Clontarf

The Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to bring the historic events alive through the dynamic paintings of Victor Ambrus and the evocative text of Howie Firth, one thousand years after the great battle...

The Norse trading-port of Dublin had become a powerful city-state, and the Danes were making incursions into other areas.

another, and no one would carry the banner. The earl ripped it from its staff and put it under his own clothing; and soon he too fell.

As a young man, Brian Boru had driven them back from his home territory in Munster, and he had gone on to become high king of Ireland, bringing peace and stability and encouraging commerce and learning.

The Norse ranks broke and they looked for a way back to the sea. But the tide had scattered their ships, and some tried to swim across the Tolka while others, trapped, fought to the death.

But by 1014 he was in his seventies, and facing a coalition of forces built by the Norse king of Dublin, Sigtrygg Silkbeard, who was backed by his uncle, the king of Leinster. Sigtrygg brought in Earl Sigurd of Orkney whose mother was the daughter of an Irish king, and Brodir, a warrior with twenty ships in the Isle of Man. Others from Man went to join Brian.

An Icelandic saga tells how amidst the chaos, one man stopped and tied his shoe-thong. The Irish caught up with him and asked why. ‘Because,’ he explained, ‘I cannot reach home tonight, for my home is out in Iceland.’ And they spared his life.

The times were unstable, with a Danish conquest of England under way. Ireland, with the rich trade-route through the Irish Sea, was a tempting target. Learning of the forces that were gathering, Brian Boru moved on Dublin. The city was then on the south of the Liffey. Brian took his army further north, beyond the Tolka, and thus had two rivers between him and any surprise breakout from Dublin. But on 22 April, a Norse fleet, seemingly setting sail for home, made its way in the darkness to the beaches of Clontarf, north of the Tolka. An Irish chronicle says that a high tide enabled the ships to be brought ashore at sunrise. Confirmation of its accuracy came in 1861 from an Irish scholar’s calculation of the high tide on the Clontarf shore that morning – 5.30 am and very close to first light. In the clash of armies the flanks of the Norse invaders were gradually pushed back. Their centre was led by Earl Sigurd himself, his standard a raven banner woven by his mother Eithne. It was said to bring victory, though death to its bearer. But the Irish centre under Brian Boru’s eldest son Murchad surged forward, and fierce fighting raged around the standard. One bearer was killed, then 6

But several thousand men from each side died, amongst them Brian Boru himself. Unwilling to fight on Good Friday, he had spent the day in prayer. Brodir cut him down, then was captured and killed. Brian’s son and heir Murchad was mortally wounded as the day ended, in a death struggle with a Norseman, and the king of Leinster also fell. Sigtrygg of Dublin survived, but the dream of Norse dominance had gone. Brian Boru’s death left a power vacuum, but he had achieved what he sought. Ireland had not been conquered. ‘King Brian fell with victory and glory,’ says one saga. The Irish chroniclers mourned Brian Boru and the years of peace that he had brought to Ireland. ‘He was a hero in place of a hero,’ said one, ‘and he was valour after valour.’


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NEW COLLECTION Issue Date: 16.04.14

It is with great pleasure that the Isle of Man Post Office presents this special miniature sheet to showcase the remarkable work of the Manx Ark project - protecting rare breeds of farm animals for the future – to commemorate 100 years of the Southern District Agricultural Society. Paul Davis, supporter of protecting rare breeds, writes…

Commercial pressures have led to the extinction of many breeds of British farm animals. When a breed is allowed to die out, never to return to our farms, we will never know what we have lost. We will never know what qualities, immunities, medical or edible products are gone for ever. Since the 1970s, the Rare Breeds Survival Trust has worked to preserve traditional breeds and prevent them from extinction; and no breed has been lost since it was formed. The Isle of Man’s rare breeds farmers are an important part of the effort, establishing a “Noah’s Ark” of breeding animals unlikely to be affected by an epidemic in Great Britain or Ireland, and providing a valuable research base for some of the world’s rarest beasts.

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The iconic Manx Loaghtan is native to the Isle of Man and is our signature rare breed. It normally has dark brown wool, though is often born black; and the name means “brown mouse.” It may have two, four, or even six horns. It is regarded as a “primitive” sheep, related to pre-historic breeds that lived on the islands of Scotland. Its primary value is as a meat producer; the fully-flavoured flesh is considered a delicacy and can be savoured at a handful of Island restaurants. Manx Loaghtan meat is protected under the European Protected Designation of Origin scheme like certain wines, champagne and cheeses. The Manx is the closest surviving relative of the Jersey sheep, which sadly fell into extinction many years ago.

Native to the Cotswold hills in England, this lovely animal is a dual purpose breed good for long wool and delicious, mildly flavoured meat. The Cotswold is a hardy sheep with good survival rates once dried off after birth, and the ability to thrive in places where weaker breeds would not eke out an existence. Cotswold wool is particularly popular with spinners as, when hand-combed, all the fibres can be pointed in the same direction, meaning no “itch” for the wearer and an effect rather like mohair. Etymologically, the Cotswold hills were named for the sheep, rather than the other way around; cottes-wealds in Anglo Saxon means exposed hills with cotes (solidly built folds for sheep).

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Once the most common cattle on the Isle of Man, these iconic red and white beasts have dwindled in numbers until today there are less than 50 viable females left in the world. There were none left at all until the winter of 2012 when seven animals were imported from England, with a further 11 to follow in 2013. An important herd lives close to Grenaby in the south of the Island where they are being intensively bred to increase genetic stocks; the three heifers shown here are pictured at Clypse Mooar farm near Onchan, shortly after their arrival.

Fewer than 300 breeding mares survive of this mountain breed, well adapted to survive in cold and wet weather. Many are living in a more or less wild state on Exmoor, where they are easily seen at the roadside by visitors. They have been present in Great Britain for thousands of years, but nearly became extinct in the late 1940s as a result of soldiers using them for target practice!


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This summer The Southern District Agricultural Society is looking forward to celebrating its Centenary Show on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July with The Manx Ark Project and the Rare Breed Survival Trust who will be displaying some Sarah Comish very special rare cattle breeds Secretary alongside our exhibitors own Southern District Agricultural Society native breed stock.

“Old Spots” are popular with farmers in both the pure bred and cross forms; they produce good weights of tasty meat and can raise large litters of piglets. For registration they must have at least one black spot and be predominantly white. As there was little recording of pig types before the 20th century, first pedigrees were recorded only in 1913, making this the oldest pedigree breed in the world. However, documentary evidence and in particular paintings prove that they have been in existence for at least 500 more years. Old Spots are particularly docile and manageable, making them popular with smallholders as well as pasture farmers. Visitors can see a celebrity Old Spot at Cregneash on the Manx National Heritage farm, and the meat is often offered at hog roasts and farmers’ markets in Douglas and around the Island.

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In answer to farmers’ calls for a southside show, the Southern District Agricultural Society was created, and its first Show was a resounding success. Although the outbreak of war prevented another Show for five years, from 1920 onwards it was well supported and the Southern Show evolved into the well loved event it is today, 100 years later.

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“Moiled” is from the Gaelic “Maol” and refers to the distinctive bump or crown on the head of the Moilie. Red and white, usually with a roan or flecked face, it is the only surviving domestic animal native to Northern Ireland. Docile and easily handled, the Moilie will live off poor quality grazing and is partial to browsing on willow and ivy, making it an ideal conservation cow. Good milkers, they produce well for their calves and are equally capable of delivering quality marbled meat. There are plans to introduce a foundation herd of Moilies to the Isle of Man in 2014.

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NEW COLLECTION Issue Date: 08.05.14

D-Day The 70th Anniversary - A Manxman’s Journey Hector Hugh McDonald Duff MM BEM Manxman Hector Duff recounts his memories of Operation Overlord and the unexpected resistance as the Allies tried to push into France and force the Germans back into their own country. Hector’s account is chronicled by Colonel Charles Wilson of the IOM Cadet Force… “I suppose I look at D Day as a crossroads between the long war that we had already fought and the final push which was to end World War II. Throughout the war I had fought in the Royal Armoured Corps with The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars (RGH). We knew we were going over a beach somewhere. We eventually embarked in a Landing Craft Tank (LCT) and once again I had the pleasure of being tossed about on the ocean in a flat bottomed ship. The Channel crossing was rough. I was below, being ill and could see nothing until we were ordered by a Royal Marine officer to man our vehicles, start them up and run the engines until thoroughly warm to cut down the chances of being swamped by the sea. My abiding memory when I could see out was seeing the hundreds and hundreds of ships and other craft crossing the Channel. I have learned since that there were more than five thousand vessels involved. I could only see a small part of that armada but it has made a lasting impression on me. When I got into my vehicle, I felt ready. As the doors of the vessel opened and we drove out I felt back in the war. The infantry had gone ahead of us. We were about six hours after the first wave. The tide was further out and therefore more in our favour. I could see the steel emplacements and traps to avoid as we ran up the beach.

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We were under heavy fire. It was shell fire not infantry small arms and I could hear the ‘crack thump’ of heavier shells leaving barrels and fortunately for me passing by or overhead. The Beachmasters who commanded the flow of vehicles had to be ruthless. If you stalled for any reason or were disabled by shell fire or sea, you were simply bulldozed out of the way to make way for following vehicles. I will never forget the amount of infantry dead on the beach and in the water. Those initial waves of men had secured our beachhead. We had landed in mainland Europe. The invasion was a reality. We were somewhere near Port en Bessin and Le Hamel on ‘Gold’ Beach. The Americans were to our right on Omaha and the Canadians were on our left on Juno. My boss, Brigadier WRN (‘Looney’) Hinde was after all the intelligence he could gather and we were seeking out the brigade intelligence officers who had gone before us. Eventually we joined up with them and the boss was able to learn something of the enemy positions. A lot has been written about the fact that the beaches were defended by remnants of the German Army and Hitler Youth. The resistance I encountered was from stiff battle hardened troops. I remember being shelled over as we bedded down against some stone walls. On day two the regiments in the brigade began to land. On the third day our tactical HQ arrived and we were able to shake out into battle formations. A week later we had pressed forward under heavy resistance to Villers-Bocage, beyond Bayeux. We were now fully formed as the 22nd Armoured Brigade Group with a mix of armour, infantry and artillery. On the 17th July during Operation Goodwood, the fight for Caen, my vehicle was hit and I was injured by a swinging machine gun as I got out. That meant a respite from combat until I was fit again for the push into Germany.”


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“They fought together as brothers-in-arms, they died together and now they sleep side by side. To them we have a solemn obligation.” Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

“I have not missed a commemoration since the 40th anniversary and always go to Jerusalem in Normandy where we had one of our first battles. It’s a cemetery now and one of the smallest graves in the EU maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Sadly, the 70th anniversary this year will be the last official commemoration of the war. The stamps are absolutely marvellous, it’s a wonder how you can get them so small yet keep the clarity of the original image!” ‘We can never forget the debt we owe these soldiers’ Hector Hugh McDonald Duff MM BEM.

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The Normandy Veterans, under The Spirit of Normandy Trust, is setting up a new memorial to those who fought on the beaches of Northern France in 1944. I was there and saw the sacrifices made by so many Allied troops. The memorial will be placed in the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire. The Trust has a wide range of activities, undertaking fundraising to promote both education for youth concerning World War II and welfare for families.

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Coin Collections

NEW Stunning New Coin Celebrates the 200th Anniversary of Matthew Flinders The Isle of Man Treasury is delighted to announce the release of a beautiful new coin which celebrates the 200th Anniversary of Matthew Flinders. Captain Matthew Flinders was a distinguished English navigator and cartographer who was the first to circumnavigate Australia and to identify it as a continent. He was also the first to have his Atlas of maps of Australia published. Born in March 1774, Flinders made three voyages to the southern ocean. During the second voyage it was confirmed that Van Diemen’s Land, which is now Tasmania, was an island. After this voyage his work had come to the attention of Sir Joseph Banks and as a result, in January 1801, Flinders was given command of the Investigator and promoted to Commander the following month. Aboard the Investigator, Flinders started his exploration of the Australian coastline and proceeded around the coastline drawing up his maps as he went. After his return to England, Flinder’s map of Terra Australia was first published in January 1814. Revered in Australia and acknowledged as one of the greatest navigators in history, he died 200 years ago in 1814 aged 40, the day after the book and atlas was published. This special 200th Anniversary coin shows the HMS Investigator and a map of Australia surrounded by iconic images that represent Australia. The obverse of the coin carries an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS. Available in Cupro Nickel, presented in a plush-lined collector’s case. Matthew Flinders Crown AG84 £12.95

The Isle of Man Treasury Coin Collection As appointed agents for Isle of Man Treasury coins we are proud to offer a selection of these unique and beautifully-crafted cupro-nickel items. We concentrate mainly on coin sets which complement our philatelic collection. The collections are also available from our retail outlets on the Isle of Man and from our website www.iomstamps.com A number of other Isle of Man Treasury coins are available - for a comprehensive list please visit: www.pobjoy.com or contact Pobjoy Mint Ltd. on 01737 818181

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WWI Horse No Man’s Land Crown

To commemorate the centenary anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, the Isle of Man Treasury has created this striking cupro-nickel Crown featuring a lone war horse in ‘No Man’s Land’ and the Royal British Legion red poppy as a symbol of remembrance. WWI Horse No Man’s Land Crown in box AG81 £12.95

World War I Christmas Day Truce Crown

Commemorating 100 years since the outbreak of ‘the war to end all wars’, this Isle of Man Treasury cupro-nickel crown depicts the Christmas truce during World War I. The Pobjoy Mint Crown is supplied in a plush hard-shelled collector’s box. WWI Christmas Day Truce Crown in box AG80 £12.95

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We are delighted to bring collectors this stunning new Isle of Man crown commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day. It honours all those, including the many Manx men and women, involved in the landings on 6th June 1944 and the subsequent liberation of Europe. D Day Crown in a box AG86 £12.95

Coins IOM Decimal Coin Set AG02 £27.50 Five Pound Coin AG03 £16.50 Lifetime of Service Royal Crown AG31 £12.95 HM Queen Coronation Crown in a box AG44 £12.95 HM Queen Visit to Canada Crown in a box AG45 £12.95 Olympics 2012 (Set of 6 coins in a box) AG48 £75.00 Diamond Jubilee 50p in a box AG52 £9.95 Mark Cavendish Stamp & Coin Pack AG54 £15.00 Diamond Jubilee Stamp & Coin Pack AG55 £15.00

David Knight 50p Coin in a wallet David Knight Tyre & Coin Pack David Knight 50p Coin in a box St Patrick & the Snake Crown in a box Kermode Bear Crown in a box Kermode Bear Gift Pack Elizabeth & Victoria Crown in a box Siberian Cat Crown in a box Royal Family Crown in a box Sochi Winter Olympics 4 px Set Snowshoe Cat Crown

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This stunning collector’s item features two complete self-adhesive sets of our special six-stamp issue marking the 50th Display Season of the RAF Red Arrows, plus special-designed labels featuring icons of the team. The booklet also features stunning photos courtesy of the RAF, showing the Red Arrows in action, as well as photos of the team over the Isle of Man. It is an essential for all fans of the Red Arrows and serious collectors. Red Arrows Prestige Booklet SD71 £11.94

The Schneider Trophy – 100th Anniversary of Howard Pixton’s Victory This stunning collection is a celebration of the life of Howard Pixton, a hero of British Aviation, who was the first Briton to win the famous International Schneider Trophy Seaplane Race. To mark the 100th anniversary of the pioneer aviator’s victory, we have produced a set of commemorative sheetlets and special edition folder that documents Pixton’s life. The stamp sheetlets, featuring four stamps depicting Pixton’s winning plane, the Sopwith Tabloid, are available fully perforated and, for the true collector imperforated. Inside the folder, limited to just 500, the Pixton story is told by his daughter Stella, and also included are photos from the race, a special cover signed by aviation hero Captain Eric Brown, the Fleet Air Arm’s most decorated pilot and both the perforate and imperforate sheetlets. Folder AH43 £35.00 Commemorative Sheet Mint AH64 CTO AH65 £3.00 The Imperforate Commemorative Sheet Mint AH68 £7.50

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A John McGuinness Limited Edition Collection This unique booklet is a must for every fan of the Isle of Man TT and all genuine enthusiasts. Limited to just 1,000, the folder celebrating the first 20 TT wins of John McGuinness contains a brand new 50p coin, a stunning stamp sheet and a special individually-numbered cover personally signed by McGuinness. Inside the booklet is the full story of John’s first 20 wins, plus action-packed pictures all courtesy of respected road racing photographer Stephen Davison. John McGuinness Limited Edition Collection TT43 £35.00

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Collectables Island of Culture Limited Edition Print This is a unique opportunity to own a limited edition mounted set (594 x 420mm) of our Island of Culture stamps with a set of eight prepaid postcards, each featuring a design from the stamps, individually signed by the artist, Juan Moore. Just 250 have been produced and demand is high. Island of Culture Limited Edition Print SA62 £50.00

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World War I Remembrance Album This folder marking 100 years since the outbreak of World War One, contains eight-stamp sheets featuring the Trench Warfare issue – a set of six stamps featuring archive photos of trench life – and the special miniature sheet, featuring a £3 Isle of Man stamp. It also features archive black and white photos showcasing the experiences of the troops. World War I Remembrance Album SB43 £30.00

This Terrible Ordeal Written by Matthew Richardson, Manx National Heritage Curator for Social History, this fascinating new book charts how the Isle of Man endured the ordeal of the First World War. Previously untold personal stories from men, women and children are revealed, alongside letters home from Manx soldiers and sailors, poetry and art produced in reaction to the conflict. This Terrible Ordeal SB50 £17.50 16


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World War I - Trench Art Miniature Sheet Miniature Sheet £3 SB25 Presentation Pack SB42 First Day Cover -

Limited Edition Prints (Small) 18

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ISLAND OF

CULTURE 2014

KIAULL • Music

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Standing Order Despatch Date: 17.10.13 A Christmas Stamp Gallery Set 40p, 42p, 73p, £1.08, £1.19, £1.78 Presentation Pack First Day Cover Self-adhesive IOM & UK values set

RI31 RI41 - RI32

Issued 17.10.13 RI81 £5.60 - £6.35 RI91 £6.30 RI82 £0.82

Big Cats Set 40p, 42p, 69p, £1.20, £1.60, £1.61 Presentation Pack First Day Cover SEPAC Folder 2013

RJ31 RJ41 - RJ43

Issued 13.09.13 RJ81 £5.92 - £6.67 RJ91 £6.62 - £15.00

A Journey Through Africa Miniature Sheet Miniature Sheet 75p RJ25 Presentation Pack RJ42 First Day Cover -

Issued 13.09.13 RJ75 £3.00 - £3.75 RJ92 £3.70

HRH Prince George of Cambridge Label Set £1 Sheet Reprint Cover CTO Reprint Cover Special Postmarks A Postal Tribute Celebration Folder

Issued 31.07.13 RK81 £2.00 RK67 £8.00 RK91 £3.00 RK96 £8.50 - £25.00 - £16.50

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CATHERINE JAMES

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CATHERINE JAMES

2014

75p 75p

CATHERINE JAMES

2014

CATHERINE JAMES

2014

178P

ISLE of

Christmas Trees - 2006

2013 Cartor

TIGER

69 p

Isle of Man

Standing Order Despatch Date: 19.02.14 Winter Flora Miniature Sheet Miniature Sheet 75p Presentation Pack First Day Cover

Jeremy Paul 2013

From Kenya, Tanzania & Zambia to Namibia, Bot-

75p

ISLE OF MAN

ISLE OF MAN

JEREMY PAUL 2013

75p

ISLE OF MAN

JEREMY PAUL 2013

A Journey

75p

with JER EMY PAUL

ISLE OF MAN

75p

JEREMY PAUL 2013

C O N G R AT U L AT I O N S W I L L I A M & C AT H E R I N E

On the birth of HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge 2 2 N D J U LY 2 0 1 3

4.24 pm

Isle of Man

£1

22nd July 2013 BDT

4.24 pm

2013

BDT

EJC DESIGN

2013

BDT

EJC DESIGN

2013

BDT

EJC DESIGN

2013

BDT

22nd July 2013 EJC DESIGN

2013

BDT

4.24 pm

8lb 6oz

HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge

22nd July 2013 2013

BDT

EJC DESIGN

2013

BDT

4.24 pm

£1 Isle of Man

Announcing the Birth of

EJC DESIGN

£1 Isle of Man

HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge

Isle of Man

£1

EJC DESIGN

8lb 6oz

Announcing the Birth of

Isle of Man

£1

Isle of Man

HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge

2013

Isle of Man

£1

8lb 6oz

Announcing the Birth of

EJC DESIGN

8lb 6oz

£1 Isle of Man

Announcing the Birth of

HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge

22nd July 2013

£1

“ We c o u l d n o t b e h a p p i e r ” S T A T E M E N T B Y T H E D U K E O F C A M B R I D G E , 2 2 N D J U LY 2 0 1 3

Standing Order Despatch Date: 08.08.13 MINT CTO PRICE St Thomas’ Church Murals Miniature Sheet Issued 08.08.13 Miniature Sheet £1, £2 RG25 RG75 £3.00 Presentation Pack RG42 - £3.75 First Day Cover - RG92 £3.70 Newspaper Headlines Set 40p, 42p, 73p, £1.08, £1.41, £1.79 Presentation Pack First Day Cover Europa Postal Vehicle Sheetlet (10 x 73p stamps) Europa Postal Vehicles First Day Cover Edition 100 Tour De France Set 1p, 40p, 42p, 69p, 73p, £1.08, £1.19, £1.20 Presentation Pack First Day Cover Tour de France Stampcard Set Tour de France Maximum Card Set Tour de France Gift Pack

RH31 RH41 -

Issued 04.07.13 RH81 £5.83 - £6.58 RH91 £6.53

RH68

RH69

£7.30

ISLE OF MAN

179

Man Lands on the Moon 1969

Men first landed on the Moon, on 21st July 1969. Apollo XI American astronaut, Neil Armstrong, set his left foot on the surface of the Moon and uttered the famous words: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” He was joined by fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin.  While they collected Moon samples, the third astronaut Michael Collins, told mission control in Houston that he had successfully orbited the Moon in the mother ship Columbia. 2013

- RG31 RG41 - RG39 RG80 RG95

RH96

£2.50

Issued 19.06.13 RG81 £5.72 - £6.47 RG91 £6.42 - £5.60 - £9.70 - £15.00

40p

Mark Cavendish

ISLE of MAN

EJC Design

2013

BDT

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Future Issues Panama Canal Miniature Sheet Issue date 8th August 2014 The Panama Canal is a 77 kilometre (48 mile) waterway across the Isthmus of Panama joining the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The Canal runs from Limón Bay at Colón to the Bay of Panama at Balboa and provides a key channel for international marine trade. Within the Canal - which has a minimum depth of 2.5 metres - there is a series of three sets of locks: the Gatun, Pedro Miguel and the Miraflores locks.

Playing Cards Issue date 8th August 2014 The history of playing cards is one filled with mystery and intrigue. Thought to have originated in China in 1294, they were originally produced by hand and when gambling became a popular pastime they were soon widely circulated across Europe. Countries infused their local tastes into designs and in the late 19th century when Warrington businessman Samuel Webb opened his first shop in Douglas, Isle of Man he adapted playing cards as souvenir items for tourists depicting black and white illustrations of quintessential island settings and photographed locations.

SEPAC Flora Issue date 16th July 2014 Isle of Man Stamps & Coins are pleased to present a beautiful stamp in response to the SEPAC 2014 project theme of ‘Flowers’. This design, featuring hellebores, originally formed part of our Winter Flora miniature sheet of four stamps issue in January 2014. Available as a single stamp, presentation pack or First Day Cover there is also the SEPAC Folder that contains stamps from twelve members of SEPAC, including Aland, Faroe Island, Gibraltar, Greenland, Guernsey, Iceland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta and Monaco.

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Soon to be withdrawn The Isle of Man Railways Issued 24.04.13 Robin Gibb - 50 St Catherine’s Drive Issued 24.04.13 The Coronation of HM Queen Miniature Sheet Issued 21.04.13 Three Legs of Man Issued 03.04.13

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A D THEOBALD

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6th June 1944 BRIAN SANDERS

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6th June 1944 BRIAN SANDERS

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