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NEWS Issue Number 134

Autumn 2011

In this issue of Manx Stamp & Coin News… Top Gear • Birds In Winter • The Narcissus Flower • IOM Commonwealth Youth Games 2011 Miniature Sheet & £2 Coin • Special Royal Stamp & Coin Commemorative Collectables 2011 Year Collections • IOM Treasury Coins and all the latest news…


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Dot’s Message

Chaghteraght Dot

busy year continued on a glorious day in

A July when the genuine old-fashioned

motorcycles were out in force enjoying the Centenary of the Mountain Course Vintage Motorcycle re-enactment event. A happy band of riders and well-wishers witnessed the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at the original starting line of the 1911 TT Races after which the ‘race’ was re-started and the entourage continued round the course to Ramsey then home. There were many colourful characters in evidence and, incidentally, we think our special collection to mark the event is one of our best-ever collectables.

Dot Tilbury

The plaque was locally-produced at the Pooil Vaaish stone works and unveiled by the Lieutenant-Governor His Excellency Mr Adam Wood ably assisted by vintage motorcycle enthusiast Alex Downie MLC.

In August we were pleased to meet the winners of our Genealogy Prize Draw that we ran in tandem with Manx National Heritage. Mr Robert Shimmin and his wife Sue from Widnes, Cheshire enjoyed travel to the Island, (courtesy of Isle of Man Tourism) and VIP access to the MNH archive including assistance researching their Manx family connections by a genealogist from the IOM Family History Society. Prizegiving Mr Shimmin receives his stamps from Maxine and Dot

The Isle of Man was honoured to host the Commonwealth Youth Games in September which assembled athletes between the ages of 13 and 18 years old from the Commonwealth nations. Seven sports: athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, rugby sevens and swimming were included in the Games and competition was fierce amongst these young athletes. We wonder how many of the competitors will go on to be world class like Jessica Ennis who competed in the ‘Youth Games’ as a young athlete. Our Post Shop played a major part in the celebration as the official merchandise retail outlet in Douglas. The exhibition “Our Sporting Life” at Manx National Heritage’s Manx Museum featured the many local sports men and women who have made it onto the national and world stage. Our miniature sheet and two-pound coin proved hugely popular - all in all it was a wonderful occasion for the Island. Our theme for Christmas this year is ‘Birds in Winter’ featuring the ever-popular wildlife paintings of local artist Jeremy Paul. His inspiration for the illustrations came during the heavy snowfalls of recent winters when he studied local birds in these extremely cold conditions. The issue also includes stamps dedicated to the Europa theme ‘Forests’ and the SEPAC theme ‘Scenery’. This year seems to have flown by, but our 2011 Yearbook is a record of it all: as well as IOM Post Office news, our stamp issue chapters are packed with exclusive stories and images which we feel sure you will enjoy. Next year is going to be very busy as we celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics. We are looking forward to the Olympics because not only have we been fortunate in securing a top British designer to design our wonderful stamps, but also the first race of London 2012 will be the Men’s Cycling Road Race with the Isle of Man’s world cycling superstar Mark Cavendish who is predicted to set the Olympics alight on 28th July 2012… fingers crossed! Mark must surely be in line for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year - so please help us to get him to the top of the leader board. On behalf of us all, may I wish you a very happy Christmas and healthy New Year.

Robert & Sue Shimmin with Geoff Corkish MHK, Paul Weatherall (MNH) and Priscilla Lewthwaite (IOM Family History Society) reading their genealogic chart in the Manx Museum PAGE 2 STAMP & COIN NEWS – AUTUMN 2011


NEWS AND SPECIAL ITEMS IOM Post Office Yearbook 2011 From Manx Cats to the Royal Wedding our stamp issues are lavishly illustrated with accompanying texts by experts in their field. With all the stamps for the year placed in context there is something for everyone in this packed compendium. Hardback (30 x 21cm) with 80 colour pages. Limited numbered edition of 1000 copies. IOM Post Office Yearbook 2011 PK07 £62.00

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NEW Year Collection of Presentation Packs 2011 The presentation packs for the year in a complimentary binder, fantastic value. Year Collection of Presentation Packs 2011 PK04 £74.00 Year Set 2011 NEW Contains one full set of all stamps and miniature sheets for the year in a folder and including a brief explanatory text for each issue Year Set 2011 PK12 £62.00

IOM CYG2011 Opening Day Special Cover NEW This special cover marks the start of the Commonwealth Youth Games on the Isle of Man. Featuring gold-foil cancellations and overprints and in a limited edition of 500. IOM CYG2011 Opening Day Special Cover PI96 £7.50

Knockaloe Special Registered Cover Set NEW To commemorate our Postal History issue we present a set of two special themed covers incorporating the IOM Internment set and miniature sheet. Both covers include Peel Post Office cancellations and the full set of fully-serviced authentic registered labels and receipts. Signed and authenticated by IOM Stamps & Coins Manager Dot Tilbury in a limited edition of 200 sets. Knockaloe Special Registered Cover Set PG99 £20.00

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NEW RELEASE • Issue Date – 1st September 2011

The Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present a miniature sheet of stamps featuring the official CYG 2011 logo, and the Games mascot ‘Tosha’ to celebrate the fourth Commonwealth Youth Games which take place on the Isle of Man from the 7th – 13th September 2011. The business community of the Island have also played their part in bringing the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games to fruition and Mr Karran added, “I would also like to give a big thank you to the Isle of Man Government, the Games Partners and sponsors whose continued support A decision was taken by the Commonwealth Games Federation at their General Assembly in 2005 to award the has helped us tremendously in putting on these Games.” The Hon. Michael Fennell OJ., CD, President of the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games to the Isle of Man. Preparations started immediately and now as we get ever Commonwealth Games Federation said: closer the excitement is building and we are eager to give “This will be the fourth edition of the Commonwealth a warm Manx welcome to competitors, officials and guests Youth Games and its popularity amongst competing countries continues to grow. I am sure that visiting from many of the Commonwealth nations. athletes and officials will have a memorable time in the All competitors in the Commonwealth Youth Games are between the ages of 13 and 18 years old and a maximum Isle of Man thanks to the work and support of both the Isle of Man Government and the Manx population. The number of 1000 athletes are invited to participate in opportunities that flow from hosting this event, including seven sporting events; athletics, badminton, boxing, volunteering, will ensure that sport continues to be an cycling, gymnastics, rugby 7’s and swimming. important part of life on the Island providing a legacy for Geoff Karran MBE, Games Director said, “After 6 years of local communities and visiting nations & territories in the planning we are now very excited that the Games are only years to come.” days away and we hope to put on an event that the Isle of “The high quality competition that will be on display, the Man will be proud of and one that will be remembered fondly by our friends from the Commonwealth. All venues uniqueness of the venues and the athlete’s village will only add to the development of some of the finest are in place and ready for the start of the Games on the athletes in the world as they look ahead to the 2014 7th September. The all new Bowl Stadium will be the venue for the Opening Ceremony which promises to be an Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and beyond. The significance of the Commonwealth Youth Games in the exciting and memorable event with a 20 minute entertainment section co-ordinated by Walk the Plank and development of today’s talent should not be underestimated. Back in 2004 in Bendigo, Australia we featuring many of the Island’s young artists. saw the likes of Jessica Ennis and Beth Tweddle compete The volunteer response from the Manx public has been and then go on to become world champions in their excellent and highlights the great importance the Manx respective sports of athletics and gymnastics.” community place on encouraging young people to take up sport and recreation in order to gain a sense of personal well being and competitive spirit. The first Commonwealth Youth Games were held in Edinburgh, Scotland in August 2000; since then Bendigo, Australia 2004 and Pune, India 2008 have also hosted the Games.

TECHNICAL DETAILS Design: ................................Isle of Man Advertising Printer: ........................................................BDT Text: ..............................Isle of Man Stamps & Coins Stamp Size: ............48.26 x 32.4mm and 24.13 x 27mm Colours: ......................................................Four Process: ....................................Offset Lithography

Perforations: ......................................14 per 2cms Paper: ....................................102gms PVA gummed Format: ..............................8 stamp miniature sheet Issue Date: ................................1st September 2011

PRODUCTS AVAILABLE Miniature Sheet, Presentation Pack & First Day Cover

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NEW RELEASE • Issue Date – 1st September 2011

The Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present a set of stamps featuring the Narcissus flower commonly known as the Daffodil. The issue is released to coincide with our attendance at the 27th Asian International Stamp Exhibition Wuxi, Jiangsu, China which takes place in November 2011. The stamps form part of a collection of issues from a number of countries depicting Chinese Flora. Daffodils are as well loved in the Isle of Man as they are right across the British Isles. Every Island garden shows its rich drifts of cream and gold to welcome the sun in spring. The flowers are to be seen growing in yellow masses in the Island’s beautiful wooded glens, and landowners have planted thousands of bulbs along roadside hedgerows. The English wild daffodil Narcissus pseudo-narcissus is seldom seen in the wild in the Isle of Man, but two other varieties have naturalised themselves successfully. The dainty scented Narcissus minor is called the ‘Manx Jonquil’ and can be seen widely, especially in the north of the Island. What could be an easier souvenir for a mariner to carry than a pocketful of seeds or a handful of bulbs from foreign parts? In view of the Island’s long seafaring tradition, it has been suggested that Narcissus minor was probably brought home by a Manx sailor direct from the Iberian peninsula. The old cultivar Narcissus telemonius plenus ‘Van Sion’, which in England was first recorded in the seventeenth century, has become so common in Mann that it is referred to as the ‘wild daffodil’. It is a curious bloom, sometimes with just the trumpet doubled, sometimes with a complete double ruff of shaggy petals, and occasionally with green streaks in the yellow. ‘Van Sion’ has been around long enough to acquire folklore and its own name in Manx Gaelic, lus y ghuiy – the ‘goose plant’. It is said to be

unlucky to pick the flowers and bring them indoors before the goslings are hatched. A variation on this, according to the late Dr Larch Garrad, one of the Island’s bestknown botanists and author of “The Manx Garden”, was that the bad luck ceased on May Eve. Narcissus ‘Butter and Eggs’, another double daffodil first recorded in England in 1777, has been identified here, as has the more brightly coloured Narcissus ‘Raggedy Ann’. A rare sub-species of Narcissus poeticus, the pheasant’s eye narcissus, has been identified by the Royal Horticultural Society from a site at Glenbooie near Peel, on the west coast, as Narcissus poeticus ssp. radiiflorus var. exertus. In the 1890s Miss A. M. Crellin of Orrisdale, in the north of the Island, was a noted breeder of daffodils and received an award from the Society.

TECHNICAL DETAILS Design ......................................................................Yang Xiaomei Paper ........................................................110 gms PVA Gummed Text ..........................................................................Valerie Cottle No. of Stamps ..............................................................................6 Printer ....................................................................................BDT Format........................................Sheelet of 6 Stamps 3 x 2 Values Stamp Size ..................................................................42 x 28mm Issue Date......................................................1st September 2011 Colours ........................................................................................4 PRODUCTS AVAILABLE Process ............................................................Offset Lithography Set Sheetlet of 6 stamps, Presentation Pack & First Day Cover Perforations ................................................................13 per 2cms PAGE 5 STAMP & COIN NEWS – AUTUMN 2011


NEW RELEASE • Issue Date – 28th September 2011

Jeremy Paul’s

Birds in Winter The Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present a set of six stamps which feature original artwork by Island based artist Jeremy Paul. The issue also encompasses the 2011 Europa theme “Forests” and the SEPAC theme of Scenery.

Robin IOM One of our most easily recognised birds, the Robin is almost synonymous with winter appearing on countless Christmas cards! Robins feed on a range of items, including kitchen scraps, commercial birdfood as well as earthworms and other invertebrates. At this time of year they can be very tolerant of each other, being too pre-occupied with the business of feeding and staying warm to be territorial. Come the spring, however, they will see off competing Robins to secure their own breeding ground. Redwing UK Like the Waxwing, the Redwing is a winter visitor to the Island, though their nearest breeding grounds are a little closer, with small numbers breeding in Scotland. Come October large flocks of Redwing and their larger relative, the Fieldfare, arrive on the Island, settling on the many fruit and berry trees that line our hedges and roads, feeding voraciously until the trees are stripped bare and then move on. They often visit gardens, though usually in smaller numbers, feeding on fallen apples, etc. Similar in size to the familiar Song Thrush, the cream eye-stripe and red flank are distinctive. Goldfinch 58p (SEPAC theme) In the last ten or so years this dainty, colourful finch has become a feature of many gardens during the winter, especially in those where Nyjer seed is provided. It is probable that the winter survival rate for Goldfinch has increased, as they supplement their natural diet on food provided by the many people who derive pleasure from watching ‘their’ birds in the garden. The Goldfinch is surely one of the most colourful and engaging of winter visitors, often arriving in flocks of ten or more, creating a riot of red and yellow as they flit through the foliage.

Siskin 68p (Europa 2011 “Forest” theme) Resident all year round the Siskin, one of our smallest finches, will readily visit gardens in the late summer through the winter, taking seed from feeders, often defending their place against larger species such as the Great Tit. Although young birds and females appear rather drab, the male is quite striking with strong yellow-green plumage and a black forehead and neat black bib. The mature conifer plantations of the Island provide many breeding sites, accounting for the increased numbers seen in gardens over the last decade. Waxwing 76p The Waxwing is a true winter visitor to our Island, their breeding grounds covering north-eastern Scandinavia through to west Siberia. Following a good breeding season, when numbers are high or in years when berry supply is poor in their usual wintering areas, large numbers of this striking, Starling sized bird reach the British Isles. Often they are very tolerant of humans, allowing people to get within a few feet, as they feed on any soft fruit and berries they encounter, allowing you to see up-close the beauty of their plumage. Long-tailed Tit £2.00 This is one of the firm favourites of the winter garden scene. A tiny bird that looks like a bundle of feathers with a tail stuck to it, the Long-tailed Tit relies upon a group effort to survive the winter. At night they roost in a tight bundle to conserve body heat, whilst by day they are constantly on the move, staying in contact with the rest of the group with a high-pitched contact call, all designed to minimise the risk of predators catching them. The more that survive the more there is the next night to huddle up with, a real group survival strategy!

TECHNICAL DETAILS Illustrations ......................................................Dr Jeremy Paul Design....................................................................Emma Cooke Text ........................................................Chris Sharpe, Director, ....................................Manx BirdLife. www.manxbirdlife.im Printer ....................................................................Lowe-Martin Stamp Size ................................................................32 x 26mm Colours ........................................................................................4 Process ........................................................Offset Lithography

Perforations ............................................................13 per 2cms Paper....................................................110 gms PVA Gummed No. of Stamps............................................................................ 6 Format......................Sheets of 50 plus Europa Sheetlet of 20 Issue Date ................................................28th September 2011

PRODUCTS AVAILABLE Set of 6 stamps, Presentation Pack, FDC, IOM & UK Self Adhesives, Europa Sheetlet, Europa FDC & SEPAC Folder

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NEW RELEASE • Issue Date – 5th November 2011

Challenges

The Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present this set of six lavishly tooled stamps to commemorate some of the bravest and most innovative transport solutions created by Top Gear, the UK’s most popular motoring programme. TRIUMPH HERALD SAILBOAT No one has ever designed a successful aquatic car, a vehicle equally at home on both road and water. The reason for this, according to James May, is because aquacars have always embraced the wrong power source. Ever at the forefront of technical innovation, wind-loving Captain Slow turned a classic Triumph into a classic schooner, complete with billowing mainsail and 20footmast. The 'Mayflower' was a simple, eco-friendly solution with just two fatal weaknesses:James’s total lack of sailing ability… and low road bridges. CITROEN GRAND DESIGN For years, Jeremy Clarkson has waged war on caravans and motorhomes, destroying these slow-moving, jackknifing road menaces in ever more inventive ways. If you reckon they’re so rubbish, challenged Top Gear’s producers, why don’t you build your own compact-yetstylish motorhome? Jeremy did, and what a creation it was: a three-storey Citroen with sleek modern lines and its own Japanese contemplation area. Though an imposing sight, the mega-Citroen didn’t cope well with crosswinds. Or falling off a cliff… HAMMERHEAD EAGLE i-THRUST Electric cars should, in theory, be relatively simple to design, with far fewer moving parts than one of those ‘tricksy’ petrol vehicles. Turns out they're actually quite complicated. Tasked with building their own electric car from scratch, the boys borrowed the chassis from a TVR Tamora and the electric motor from a milk float, adding a range of innovative design features including a ‘visibility hatch’ for Richard's head. Despite its rakish good looks and blistering performance, the Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust failed to impress the independent road testers from Autocar magazine. On the plus side, it did dispose of Stig’s vegetarian cousin... TECHNICAL DETAILS Design..............................................................Dave Macdonald Text ...............................................................................Top Gear Printer… ..............................................................…Lowe-Martin Stamp Size .........................................................40 x 30.77mm Colours .....................................................................................4 Process ........................................................Offset Lithography

ROBIN RELIANT SPACE SHUTTLE Space shuttles are among the most expensive pieces of engineering in the world, costing literally billions of dollars to build, send into space and bring back down again. James and Richard believed they could save the space industry a bunch of cash by bolting a Reliant Robin – every Yorkshireman's favourite three-wheeler – to a blooming great rocket and standing well back. The Reliant Shuttle took off with a bang, but the landing didn’t go so well… CARAVAN AIRSHIP As we may have mentioned, Top Gear isn’t very keen on caravans. But what if, instead of clogging up our roads, the caravans took to the skies? With the aid of a giant balloon, an old caravan and a dangerous volume of propane, James May set out to discover whether a wobbling holiday home on wheels could be turned into a majestic airship. POLAR HILUX When Jeremy and James were ordered to drive to the North Pole, they declined, pointing out that the Arctic is very cold, very dangerous and very lacking in good pubs. But when Richard rolled up on a traditional polar sled with a team of huskies, James and Jeremy felt obliged to defend the honour of the car and reach the top of the world first. In a Toyota Hilux modified with huge tyres and an escape hatch in the roof, they became the first men to reach the North Pole by car, defeating Hammond and his gang of fetid dogs in the process. After causing a national security scare by wandering into the flyzone of Norwich airport, he concluded it probably couldn’t.

Format ....................................................................Sheets of 20 Perforations .............................................................14 per 2cm Paper .............................................................................110 gms Date of Issue ..............................................5th November 2011 Products available: Set of 6 Stamps, Presentation Pack, First Day Cover, Special Folder and Self-Adhesive Sheets

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COINS AND COLLECTABLES

Isle of Man Treasury Coins Cooinaghyn Tashtey Vannin Following the introduction of Manx decimal coins in 1971, new designs for the Island’s circulating coins were introduced in 1976.

½p Coin: Herring on an outline of the Isle of Man map. The once prolific herring industry provided the Manx people with their staple diet. Manx kippers produced from smoked herring are World famous. The waters around the Isle of Man, especially the west coast, have been commercially fished for herring since medieval times. 1p Coin: Loughtan Sheep. The Loughtan is an ancient Manx native breed of sheep of unknown origin. The ram usually has four horns although it has been known to have six. The wool is warm brown in colour and is always used in its undyed state. Alternative Manx spellings for this rare breed are Loughtan, Loughtyn or Loghtan. 2p Coin: Manx Shearwater. The largest known colony of Manx Shearwater birds has been recorded on the Calf of Man. The birds were regarded by the Vikings as an omen for disaster when, in 1014, a nocturnal clamour of breeding birds circled above two Viking ships anchored in Calf Sound on the eve of the Battle of Clontarf. The colony was wiped out by a plague of rats (Manx longtails) in the late 18th century. A remarkable recovery has been made recently and many Manx shearwaters can be seen around the Island, especially at Maughold Head in the north east. The species were so called after they were first scientifically identified on the Island in the 17th century.

5p coin: The Laxey Wheel: Officially named Lady Isabella after the wife of the then Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man, the wheel was opened in 1854. It was designed by Manxman Robert Casement to pump out water from the deep Laxey lead mine. It is the largest working waterwheel in the world and measures 72ft. 6in. in diameter and 6ft. wide. There is a viewing platform at the top which is reached by an external spiral staircase. It now forms the centrepiece of the Manx National Heritage’s Mining Heritage Trail. 10p Coin: Triskeles. Known as the Three Legs of Mann, or in Manx ‘Tree Cassyn’, this symbol is indicative of the 9th century Norse Viking settlement in the Isle of Man. Its introduction is attributed to Alexander III of Scotland after gaining control from King Magnus in 1265. The three legged sun symbol had been adopted by the ancient Sicilians and it was believed that it was Magnus’s wife, sister of the King of Sicily, who first introduced the symbol to the Isle of Man. The officially adopted Government version shows the legs running ‘sunwise’, that is clockwise, but there are many recorded cases where they run in the opposite direction. 50p Coin: Viking Longship. The 50p coin shows a Viking longship in full sail over an outline of the Isle of Man map. In 1079 Godred Croven, ‘King Orry’, sailed his longships into Ramsey and up the Sulby River to a point below Skyhill. After a ferocious battle on Skyhill, he routed the Manx inhabitants and his dynasty continued to 1266. A commemorative plaque now stands beside the track on the way up Skyhill. Obverse: All the 1976 coins show the first profile portrait of the Queen as used on the first Manx decimal coins of 1971. The bust was sculptured by Arnold Machin and, unlike later profiles of Her Majesty, it does not bear his initials. Details of the Island’s later decimal coins will be featured in future issues of Stamp and Coin News.

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 beautifullycrafted 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.iomcoins.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

Isle of Man Treasury Commemorative Coins IOM Stamp & Coin Mini Collection IOM Decimal Coin Set 2011 Five Pound Coin John McGuinness 50p Coin in a Box Berlin Wall Silver Crown & Fragment Paddington Bear & Crown Abyssinian Cat Crown 2010 Suzuki 50p Coin in a box Kublai Kahn Coin Manx Cat Crown 1988 Buckingham Palace Engagement Crown Christmas Card & 50p Coin 2010 Christmas 50p Coin 2010 in a box Christmas 50p Coin 2010 Decoration Twelve Days of Christmas six 50p Box Set

AF99 £9.99 AG02 £27.50 AG03 £16.50 AG04 £9.95 AG06 £65.00 AG09 £19.95 AG15 £12.50 AG17 £9.95 AG18 £149.95 AG19 £12.50 AG22 £12.95 AG25 £8.50 AG26 £9.95 AG27 £8.50 AG28 £27.50

Turkish Angora Cat Crown Peter Rabbit Coloured Crown Gift Set Lifetime of Service Royal Crown Peter Rabbit Coloured Crown in box Yamaha Anniversary 50p Coin in a wallet Yamaha Anniversary 50p Coin in a box TT2011 Mountain Course Centenary Crown Royal Wedding 2011 Crown IOMCYG £2 Coin & Blistercard IOMCYG £2 Coin in a box Christmas 2011 50p in Blisterpack Christmas 2011 50p in a box Christmas 2011 50p & Card Christmas 2011 50p in a wallet Yamaha Anniversary 50p in Blisterpack

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AG29 £12.95 AG30 £29.95 AG31 £12.95 AG32 £19.95 AG33 £2.00 AG34 £9.95 AG35 £12.95 AG36 £12.95 AG37 £5.00 AG38 £12.95 AG39 £3.75 AG40 £9.95 AG41 £8.50 AG42 £2.00 AG43 £3.95


COINS IOM Commonwealth Youth Games 2011 NEW Commemorative £2 Coin To commemorate this exciting event the IOM Treasury and Pobjoy Mint have struck this superb cupro-nickel £2.00 coin. We have produced a special IOMCYG2011 blistercard and the coin is also available as usual in a hard-shell collectors box. IOMCYG 2011 £2 Coin & Blistercard AG37 £5.00 IOMCYG 2011 £2 Coin in Collectors Box AG38 £12.95 Royal Wedding 2011 Crown The event of the year is commemorated by this IOM Treasury cupro-nickel crown, supplied in a plush red hard-shell box and with Pobjoy Mint certificate of authenticity enclosed. Image for illustration purposes only. Royal Wedding 2011 Crown AG36 £12.95 Lifetime of Service Royal Crown In association with Pobjoy Mint, the IOM Treasury has issued this superb cupro-nickel coin which is delivered in a deluxe, robust collector’s box. Lifetime of Service Royal Crown AG31 £12.95 Buckingham Palace Engagement Crown We present this superb royal collectable - a Buckingham Palace crown marked with 'WK' to commemorate the engagement of William & Kate - delivered in a plush-lined hard-cased red Pobjoy Mint collector's box. This special coin carries the initials ‘W&K’ entwined as a Privy Mark to celebrate the Royal Engagement. Buckingham Palace Engagement Crown AG22 £12.95

NEW Christmas 2011 Santa Claus 50p Coin Our 50p coin for this year features the chuckling features of Santa Claus. In addition to the traditional formats it is available in a new festive blisterpack. Christmas 2011 50p in Blisterpack AG39 £3.75 Christmas 2011 50p in a box AG40 £9.95 Christmas 2011 50p & Card AG41 £8.50 Christmas 2011 50p in a wallet AG42 £2.00

Yamaha 50th Anniversary TT2011 50p Coin We present a new TT2011 50p coin to honour Yamaha’s 50 year participation in the IOM TT Races. In addition to being available in a collectors box it also comes in ‘blister’ form in Yamaha’s own branded card format. Yamaha Anniversary 50p Coin in a box AG34 £9.95 Yamaha Anniversary 50p in Blisterpack AG43 £3.95

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COLLECTABLES A Very Special Limited Edition Box Set NEW This item is packed with a helmet-full of unique TT memorabilia produced to mark the official centenary of the Mountain Course, including two original 1911 photographs reproduced as top-quality postcards with special postmarks to commemorate the Junior and Senior TT. IOM Stamps & Coins have published these items, they are not available anywhere else! The box set contains reproduction copies of: The Official 1911 TT Programme • The 1951 Senior TT Official Programme • The 1961 TT Scorecard Booklet • A Guide to the TT Mountain Course researched and written by Robert Kelly. • An amazing booklet by TT legend Geoff Duke - a 'how-to' guide to riding the TT course with location maps • A Lucas Map of the famous Mountain Course Two postcards showing the Junior and Senior winners of the 1911 race PLUS - a BONUS item - The TT Mountain Challenge 1911-2011 MCC Centenary programme. All included in a robust metal box with a certificate of authenticity signed by Murray Walker OBE. Limited to an edition of just 300 - it is a genuinely unique collectable item and all the products within capture the atmosphere of the TT and its impressive history. TT1911-2011 Centenary Collection PE44 £75.00 TT1911-2011 Centenary Postcard Set NEW Never previously published elsewhere these two postcards - size 6 x 4 inches - feature the 1911 Senior TT winner (with gold foil 3rd July postmark on the 'CTO' version as illustrated) and the 1911 Junior winner (with gold foil 30th June postmark on the 'CTO' version as illustrated). The mint version of this card has a plain back without stamp image or postmark TT1911-2011 Centenary Mint Postcard Set PE27 £3.00 TT1911-2011 Centenary CTO Postcard Set PE77 £3.00 Closer To The Edge NEW We are pleased to be able to offer this wonderful authentic full-size film poster (measures 30 x 40 inches) featuring the charismatic and popular Guy Martin. By vividly recounting the TT's legendary rivalries and the Isle of Man's unique road racing history, Closer to the Edge explores why modern TT riders still risk their lives to win the world's most dangerous race. Posters are despatched in a secure cardboard roll and price includes FREE Worldwide postage. TT3D Film Poster - Closer To The Edge PE61 £13.50 TT2011 Commemorative Folder Our Special Commemorative Folder is bound to please and great value too. A wonderful showcase for the TT2011 Pictorial Sheet Set - printed using four colour process plus gold-foil overlays - and our Greatest Race Miniature Sheet. A gilt-edged collectable! TT2011 Commemorative Folder PE43 £25.00 Carl Fogarty Limited Edition Signed Cover This great special cover commemorates the race voted the Greatest Ever on the TT Mountain Course by TT fans - and, of course, honours the legend that is ‘Foggy’. Signed by the man himself this attractive cover sports a gold-foil postmark and is individually numbered. Carl Fogarty Signed Cover PE96 £20.00 LIMITED EDITION of 500 COVERS PAGE 10 STAMP & COIN NEWS – AUTUMN 2011


YEAR COLLECTIONS 2011 Top Gear Challenges Special Folder NEW We present a bumper compendium of motoring mayhem courtesy of TV's most lovable petrolheads. Our special folder brings the challenges to life and includes two truly unique and collectable die-cut self-adhesive stamp sheetlets. Also included are the mint stamps, a special card collection and a fun Top Gear sticker sheetlet featuring The Stig. Top Gear Challenges Special Folder PJ43 £20.00 Top Gear Challenges Die-Cut Stamp Sheets NEW In pristine condition these monuments to ingenuity thwarted by the laws of nature have the added novelty of tyre tracks on their reverse sides. On sale as a pair in a retail pack or individually, these two amazing items are available mint for legal Manx use and ‘CTO’ – cancelled with the date of issue. Top Gear Challenges Die-Cut Stamp Sheet Set PJ65 £14.60 Top Gear Challenges Rocket Sheet Mint PJ61 CTO PJ62 £5.50 Top Gear Challenges Balloon Sheet Mint PJ63 CTO PJ64 £9.10

NEW SEPAC ‘Beautiful Corners of Europe' Folder 2011 We are proud to be a part of the latest Small European Postal Administrations Corporation folder. We are represented by our Birds In Winter 58p stamp in part 3 of 'Beautiful Corners of Europe' SEPAC Folder 2011 PI43 £15.00 Birds in Winter Europa Sheetlet and First Day Cover NEW Our single Europa value for this year is the 68p stamp in the familiar 10 stamp format available as mint or 'cancelled to order.' Two stamps feature on our FDC with special Europa postmark. Birds in Winter Europa Sheetlet Mint PI66 CTO PI67 £6.80 Birds in Winter Europa FDC PI95 £2.25

Birds in Winter Mounted Prints NEW The ever-popular artwork of IOM artist Jeremy Paul is available in the form of these attractive Winter Birds signed and mounted prints, ready to frame at 30 x 25cm (image size 18 x 13cm). Winter Birds Waxwing Print PI97 £17.50 Winter Birds Siskin Print PI98 £17.50 Winter Birds Robin Print PI99 £17.50 PAGE 11 STAMP & COIN NEWS – AUTUMN 2011


FUTURE ISSUES London Olympics 2012

– Issue Date 01.01.12 We commemorate the biggest sporting event the British Isles has hosted in many years with a set of stamps and miniature sheet that are bound to turn heads. We have been fortunate enough to secure one of the world’s most famous British designers to produce our stamps and we are overjoyed with the results and extremely excited about their release – we hope you will be too. The seven stamps themselves feature a range of sports in a bold and decorative graphic style. With Manxman and Tour De France 2011 Green Jersey-winner Mark Cavendish gearing up to compete in the GB Olympic team, we showcase cycling on our miniature sheet. A souvenir sheetlet, set of postcards and special collector’s book will also be available, all produced to the highest possible modern print standards.

HM Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee

– Issue Date 06.02.12 The second of our three landmark stamp issues celebrates Her Majesty’s sixty year reign with a range of beautiful images representing milestones in her life and times. In addition to the set of six stamps there is a diamond-shaped commemorative sheetlet while a commemorative miniature sheet is to be released later in the year.

Titanic – Issue Date 20.02.12 The one-hundredth anniversary of the most infamous maritime disaster that shocked the world is commemorated in our set of six stamps. Public interest is as high as ever in the familiar story of the shipwreck with new interpretations of anecdotal evidence and newly-discovered artefacts only adding to the developing mythology,

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Autumn 2011 News magazine for IOM Stamps & Coins featuring Top Gear Challenges, 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games, Narcissus Flower, Birds In Wi...

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