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NEWS Issue Number 140

Spring 2013

In this issue of Manx Stamp & Coin News… The Isle of Man Railways • Robin Gibb 50 St Catherine’s Drive • Coronation 60th Anniversary Miniature Sheet • The Three Legs of Man • Year Collections 2012 • Diamond Jubilee Special Collectables • London 2012 Olympics by Paul Smith Collectables • Royal Stamp & Coin Collectables IOM Treasury Coins and all the latest news…


WELCOME

Dot’s Message

Chaghteraght Dot

t is with a sad heart that I write my last message for the newsletter. I have decided to retire from the wonderful world of stamps and coins which has given me so much pleasure, and excitement.

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Dot Tilbury

Maxine Cannon

I started working for the Isle of Man Post Office in 1975 in the Philatelic Bureau. Each member of staff looked after one thousand standing order customers with no computers! How did we manage? We really did get to know everyone and had various notes on their cards to say what they liked or didn’t like and over a period of time I met many of my ‘chosen thousand’ at exhibitions putting a face to the voice and name. Like all Post Office employees I had to leave the Bureau after a few years to do the rounds of working in most of the other departments which at the time was not my choice. However, I did enjoy experiencing different aspects of Post Office life and was fortunate and honoured to return to the Bureau in 1998 as Manager. It was the start of a wonderful career and my work colleagues have been at centre of all the issues we have developed, so much so that we have a list (started many years ago), entitled ‘moments we treasure’. We read this list now and again to remind us of the sheer variety of events, issues, people, places, and fun which stand out in our stamp world as very special.

The stamp world is like no other, we are an eclectic mix of people who are passionate about our subjects and strive for the best – as well as printers, designers, suppliers, customers, our friends in other postal administrations - the general public are never short of an idea for a stamp issue and I feel privileged to have been part of this family. I thank you all and especially my top team of work colleagues, past and present, who have helped, guided, ‘told me in no uncertain terms’, ‘worked over and above the call of duty’ to make my working life a pleasure with lots of good fun and laughter. Yes, we have had our moments like all jobs but we have stuck to the task and made a success of this little piece of paper with gum on the back which has given so much pleasure to millions of collectors around the world. I am delighted to say that my long standing work colleague, Maxine Cannon is to take over as Manager of the Department and sincerely wish her and all her team very best wishes and success for the future. Best Wishes

Year of the Snake Miniature Sheet and Sheetlet It has come to our attention during quality checks on our stock that there is an intermittent problem with gum coverage on the Year of the Snake Miniature Sheet and Sheetlet. We therefore decided to reprint both items. As there is a perforation change between the original print and the reprint any customers who have mint or CTO reprints as part of their standing order requirements will automatically receive the reprint with their next despatch. Note we do not have a standing order category for reprint presentation packs or first day covers. If you would like to exchange your Year of the Snake stock for the reprint please feel free to return the items to the Bureau at your earliest convenience. The codes for the Year of the Snake Reprints are as follows Reprint Year of the Snake Miniature Sheet Mint RA26 CTO RA76 £3.00 Reprint Year of the Snake Sheetlet Mint RA67 CTO RA68 £1.60 Reprint Year of the Snake Miniature Sheet FDC RA95 £3.70 Reprint Year of the Snake Miniature Sheet Presentation Pack RA45 £3.75 The issue date for the reprint is 4th March. PAGE 2 STAMP & COIN NEWS – SPRING 2013


NEW RELEASE • Issue Date – 03.04.13

The Three Legs of Man quocunque jeceris stabit

On the Isle of Man our familiar national symbol can be seen everywhere from buildings and monuments to chocolate bars and tattoos. The Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present this stamp issue revealing the ancient origins of this most treasured emblem and highlighting its many and varied representations and applications.

Local historian Robert Kelly writes… There’s an old manx joke: A Manxman’s arms are his legs.The picture it conjures is that of three legs whirling round where his arms should be.The Manx know them as Ny Tree Cassyn – The Three Legs. The world knows them as the triskeles or triskelion. For upwards of a thousand years, and probably more, they have been the symbol of Manxness. Yet their origin remains uncertain. In Ireland, stylistic spiral Three Legs were carved in stone in Neolithic times. Throughout the world the mythology of threes has played a significant role, notably in India, China, Korea, ancient Greece and Rome - and among native North Americans. It should not be surprising, therefore, to note that the Manx Parliament consists of three divisions – the House of Keys, Legislative Council and Tynwald. Nor the fact that the ancient open-air Tynwald ceremony at St John’s used to occur to greet the rising sun on Midsummer’s Day. The Three-Legged symbol, which indicated rotary movement, was regarded as representing the threespoked wheel of the sun god’s chariot as it crossed the sky. Images of the triskeles can be found throughout the Island, though not consistently the same. Some turn correctly to the right, others the left; some kneel as if acknowledging the supremacy of nearby England or Scotland and some are on tip toe, implying fleetness of foot. The wrong-turning triskeles has been attributed to a 19th century tendency to place three-legged symbols on the paddle boxes of Isle of Man Steam Packet Company paddle steamers. One side of the

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paddlers was correct, the other wrong. People copied the ‘ wrong’ image and so perpetuated the mistake. Some early triskeles depicted naked legs, as did ancient three-legged symbols elsewhere. The earliest known armoured triskeles were clad in the Celtic-invented chainmail. Plate armour came later. In 1775 an inscription at Castletown’s parliament building recorded: Three legs armed; Armed in self-defence: Centrally united; Security from thence. The Island’s military importance in 1396 was demonstrated by a King of Mann, Sir William le Scrope, being a signatory, as England’s ally, to a peace treaty between England and France. Scrope used a seal that depicted the Three Legs virtually in its present form.The Island’s Latin motto Quoconque Jeceris Stabit emphasises the Island’s resilience. Translations have varied - Wheresoever you cast it, it will find its feet or Whithersoever you throw it, it will stand, but the meaning has remained clear: no matter how ‘storm-tossed’ the Island might be, it can survive. Credit for the motto goes to a Byzantine/Roman general, Flavius Belisarius (505-565 AD). He used the militarily effective iron caltrop - four spikes fitted to a ball. When thrown, this usually came to rest on three of the spikes and the fourth stuck up to catch the feet of chariot horses, camels or even elephants. A caltrop was featured on the Belisarius family badge together with the motto, Quoconque Jeceris Stabit. The presumption must be that when the Isle of Man adopted the triskeles someone remembered the motto and thought it appropriate. Perforations ..........................................................13 per 2cms Paper..................................................102 gms PVa gummed no. of stamps ............................................................................8 issue Date ..........................................................3rd april 2013

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NEW RELEASE • Issue Date – 21.04.13

The Isle of Man Post office is pleased to present a miniature sheet of one stamp to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Robert Opie writes… The historic occasion of a royal coronation, of course, attracts a deluge of souvenirs, from the traditional ceramic mug to a set of commemorative stamps. Instinctively, we all want to keep a souvenir of such an event – a decorated tin, a jigsaw puzzle or just a royal picture postcard. In years to come such momentoes become a touchstone to remind usof that time and the memorable moment. Hidden away in millions of homes is that royal keepsake, waiting to be found to rejuvenate those memories once again. For myself, at the age of six, I set out to carefully fill my 1953 scrapbook, cutting out the pictures from newspapers and magazines, sticking in pieces from commemorative advertisements and the festive bread wrappers, and adding the occasional postage stamp, even a celebratory milk bottle top. Soon my album was complete. But for me, the crowning glory was that my scrapbook won first prize at school. Heralded as the dawn of a new Elizabeth era, the Queen’s Coronation was held on 2 June 1953. Representatives of the peers, the Commons and all the great public interests in Britain, the Prime Ministers and leading citizens of the other Commonwealth countries, and representatives of foreign states were present. In many ways it ended the era of austerity, and the sweet ration was lifted in time for the celebrations. For the first time, television coverage played a major role in bringing the royal spectacle into people’s homes. Over twenty million gathered some million television sets – and the

neighbours came in as well. Now it was possible to witness the actual crowning ceremony and the ritual anointment with holy oil. The shelves of retail shops were groaning under the weight of souvenirs, as the public were swept up with royal fever. As ever, there were more things to buy – paper royal dolls, festive kitchen aprons, vanity sets, embroidered tea towels, illustrated silk scarves, table cloths, and the new wonder material of flexible plastic was moulded into coronation coaches. There were also commemorative pen knives, knitting sets, thermos flasks, aluminium tea pots, car flags, paint boxes, pictorial toilet soap, painting books, glitter books with sparkling cut out model coronation coach, hair pin sets, and plenty of paper bags and carrier bags to put it all in. With the growth of breakfast cereals and the cut out toy from the box, children had the excitement of creating their own procession from the back of Shredded Wheat cartons, while Scott’s porridge oats offered ‘a thrill for the whole family’ with a coronation peep show. During the 60 years of Elizabeth’s reign, there have been as many changes as were made in Queen Victoria’s. Again technology has been the driving force behind advances in science and medicine, bringing the new computer and digital era. On the home front, jet travel now provided package holidays, and the self service supermarket offered frozen foods to microwave ready meals. Meanwhile, royal souvenirs continue to flourish with royal weddings, and with silver, golden and diamond jubilees.

TECHNICAL DETAILS Design .........................................................Casco & EJC Design Text ...........................................................................Robert Opie Format .........................................Miniature Sheet of One Stamp Printer ...................................................................................BDT Process ...........................................................Offset Lithography Colours.......................................................................................4

Paper........................................................110gms PVA Gummed Perforations ..............................................................14 per 2cms Date of Issue .......................................................21st April 2013 PRODUCTS AVAILABLE Miniature Sheet, Presentation Pack, First Day Cover

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NEW RELEASE • Issue Date – 24.04.13

ROBIN GIBB 1949-2012 The Isle of Man Post Office is honoured to present a set of eight stamps which reflect on the legendary solo career of Robin Gibb CBE.

David Leaf writes... This stamp issue commemorating Robin Gibb, one of the Isle of Man’s most famous citizens, inspires us to take a look at one of the truly unique voices and people in the history of popular music. It also reminds us that time and place do matter. If Robin Gibb had been born in Italy in the 19th century, he probably would have been an opera star; so, while he never sang on the stage at La Scala in Milan, his voice may turn out to be every bit as timeless, classic and legendary as Caruso’s. Paul Gambaccini noted after Robin’s passing in 2012, that Robin was “one of the best white soul voices ever.” A true soul singer indeed. In the 1960s, he broke our hearts with vocals like I Started A Joke; in the 1970s, who can forget the image of Robin, his right hand cupping his ear, as he described the pain of separation in How Can You Mend A Broken Heart or pleaded with the object of his passion in Run To Me. The Bee Gees dance era comeback included such memorable vocal turns as Robin’s plaintive solo on Nights On Broadway, and of course, the Bee Gees landmark songs for the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. But Robin, or “Bodding” as his family called him, while always tied to the brothers Gibb, also made his own journey as a solo artist. Starting with Robin’s Reign in 1970, Gibb created a distinctive body of work separate from the usually more famous Bee Gees recordings. For me, a fan since 1967, I was fortunate in 1978 to begin a professional relationship with the Bee Gees; Robin always treated me with a gentle kindness indicative of the man behind the artist. In the early 1980s, when the Bee Gees took a well-earned hiatus from group activity, Robin pursued his solo work with three more albums (How Old Are You?, Secret Agent and Walls Have Eyes). Among the highlights from those records were songs such as Juliet and Boys Do Fall In Love. Back in 2000, the Bee Gees entrusted me to write and direct a film on their career, a film that would accompany what would

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become their recording swan song, the truly terrific LP, This Is Where I Came In. Towards the end of 2011, I got an e-mail from an old friend with a request, to write a press kit about Robin and son Robin John’s soon-to-be-released collaboration, The Titanic Requiem. I was thrilled to be asked and even more excited when I heard an advance copy of this monumental work. If this was to be Robin’s last musical effort, it was one worthy of his legend. And his last recorded vocal on it, Don’t Cry Alone showed his artistic powers had not been diminished at all. I remember when I first heard it…knowing it was probably Robin’s goodbye… the heartbreaking sound and message. When news of Robin’s death reached us, we didn’t cry alone. The entire world shook with tears. Robin Gibb will be remembered as a songwriter, a singer, an artist, a man whose slender physique was underscored by his immense determination, personal strength, courage and spirit of love, Robin’s voice was so unlike anything else that graced the radio, timeless and yet somehow, decade after decade, in tune with the times so that he made anything he sang simultaneously sound contemporary, classic, epic and now, sadly, mythic. Throughout their career, nobody could quite figure out where the Bee Gees were from. Some fans were certain they were Australian. Others would say England. When asked, Robin never hesitated, he would answer sweetly and proudly that he was from the Isle of Man. How much did the Isle of Man mean to him? Robin’s last solo record, recorded in 2008/9 and due for release in 2013, 50 St. Catherine’s Drive was given that name by Robin to commemorate his first home on the Isle. But while his voice has been stilled, it lives forever, on Bee Gees records, of course, and through his solo albums and recordings. With this new stamp-of-approval, the Isle of Man returns that pride and love.

Perforations............................................................14 per 2cms Stamp Size ...............................................................36 x 36mm No. of Stamps ..........................................................................8 Date of Issue.....................................................24th April 2013 PRODUCTS AVAILABLE: Set of 8 Stamps, Presentation Pack, First Day Cover, Label Sheet, Special Folder

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NEW RELEASE • Issue Date – 17.05.13

This year, 2013, marks the 140th anniversary of the Isle of Man Steam Railway and the 120th anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway from Douglas to Groudle, while 2014 marks the 120th anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway to Laxey. Both systems were originally born to service the flourishing tourist industry as thousands of Victorian holiday makers flocked to the Isle of Man every year to discover the Island’s romantic and rugged scenery. A combination of ever increasing visitor numbers and the poor state of the Island’s roads, was the catalyst to construct a railway system to link the north, west and south with the capital Douglas on the east coast. The 3ft gauge Isle of Man Railway Co. Ltd opened between Douglas and Peel on 1 July 1873 and to Port Erin the following year. Ramsey was reached in 1879 by the Manx Northern Railway following the flatter west coast. The rugged eastern coast of the Island between Douglas and Ramsey was conquered twenty years later by the brand new electric traction of the 3ft gauge Isle of Man Tramways & Electric Power Co. Ltd (later becoming the Manx Electric Railway in 1902) opening its first section to Groudle on 7 September 1893. While these new rail systems transported tourists to the Island’s beauty spots, historical castles and villages, the coming of the railways had a massive social impact on the local TECHNICAL DETAILS Photography & Text ......................................David Lloyd-Jones Design ....................................................................EJC Design Format ..................................................................Sheets of 15 Printer ................................................................................ BDT Process..........................................................Offset Lithography Colours ..................................................................................4 Paper ....................................................110gms PVA Gummed

community. Up to the invasion of the Victorian holiday makers in the mid 1850s, the Island had been a simple sleepy farming and fishing backwater for centuries. The opening of the railways had far reaching social effects on Island life, and the locals found themselves in the 19th century with a massive new industry right on their doorsteps. As the tourist boom grew, so did the Island railways and tramways to provide a complex rail network right across the Island. The Manx rail systems were essentially built for the purpose of ferrying thousands of holiday makers around the Island, but out of season, they provided a lifeline for the local community during the quiet winter months. Children used the trains to get to school, while Manx farmers used the railway to ferry their cattle to and from the marts in Ramsey and St Johns every week. The Royal Mail and parcels were carried by both the trams and trains, and the Manx Electric Railway also collected mail from various mailboxes en route. Local rail traffic started to decline dramatically with the introduction of cheap cars and lorries in the 1950s. Today, the Manx railway systems are just as important as they were when they first opened. As the Island’s road traffic congestion increases, there are calls for commuter trains, and the re-opening of the long closed Peel line. To highlight their continuing importance, it is not unusual for Manx residents to make use of the services for everyday use. How many people in the 21st century have the pleasure of a genuine Victorian steam or electric tram service right on their doorstep?

Perforations............................................................14 per 2cms Stamp Size ..................................................28.45 x 42.58mm No. of Stamps ........................................................................6 Date of Issue ....................................................17th May 2013 PRODUCTS AVAILABLE Set of 6 Stamps, Presentation Pack, First Day Cover

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Issued 17.05.13 Set 40, 42, 69, 119, 160, 161p (sheets of 15) RF31 RF81 £5.91 Presentation Pack RF41 £6.66 First Day Cover RF91 £6.61 Robin Gibb – 50 St Catherine’s Drive Issued 24.04.13 NEW Set 2, 40, 42, 50, 69, 73, 120, 178p (sheets of 20) RE31 RE81 £5.74 Presentation Pack RE41 £6.49 First Day Cover RE91 £6.44 Special Label Sheet RE64 RE65 £10.14 Special Folder RE43 £30.00 The Coronation of HM Queen NEW Miniature Sheet Issued 21.04.13 Miniature Sheet RE25 RE75 £3.00 Presentation Pack RE42 £3.75 First Day Cover RE92 £3.70 The Three Legs of Man Issued 03.04.13 NEW Set 5, 10, 40, 42, 69, 73, 119, 200p (sheets of 40) RD31 MINT RD81 CTO £5.58 PRICE Presentation Pack RD41 £6.33 First Day Cover RD91 £6.28 Three Legs Self-Adhesive Set (2 values) RD32 RD82 £0.82 Three Legs Self Adhesive Booklet 10xIOM Values RD71 £4.00 Three Legs Self Adhesive Booklet 10xUK Values RD72 £4.20 Standing Order Despatch Date: 20.02.13

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ALBUMS & PAGES Lindner Album Full 2012 Full 2012 comprises 3 empty Albums (in slipcases) and pages for sets & miniature sheets from 1973 - 2012 inclusive. Lindner Album Empty Lindner Blank Page Lindner First Day Cover Page (Holds 4 covers) Lindner Postcard Page (Holds 8 cards) Lindner Sheetlet Page, size (H 285 mm x W 230 mm) Lindner Stock Page Davo Album Pages 2012 Davo FDC Double Album Davo FDC Album Pages (Pack of 10)

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COINS AND COLLECTABLES

Isle of Man Treasury Coins Cooinaghyn Tashtey Vannin Decimal Coin Designs Introduced between 1988 and 1996 M. J. Southall, MBE, MCGI As mentioned in the last issue of ‘Stamps and Coin News’ several unrelated coin designs of various denominations were issued during the years between the 1988 issue and the introduction of 1996 set. These are now described and illustrated below. Incidentally, the subheading in the last issue should have read ‘1996’ and not ‘1988’ - apologies. The reduced size 5p coin issued in 1994 depicted a golf ball and two crossed clubs. When it was issued, this particular coin was popular as a golf ball marker and quickly went out of general circulation. Many more were subsequently minted to meet the demands of golfers and a large quantity of these coins was sent abroad, particularly to Canada.

The 20p coin, depicting a combine harvester, was given a ‘make-over’ in 1993. The border was much wider and the lettering was incuse to follow the pattern used for the UK 20p coins.

A commemorative 50p coin was issued in 1994 to celebrate the centenary of the Tynwald (Manx Parliament) Legislative Building in Douglas, known locally as the Wedding Cake. The coin also shows the Sword of State. In 1997, the standard 50p coin was reduced in size and the exceptionally large minting resulted in many identifiable dies being used. However, a few larger size 50p coins dated 1997 were minted, primarily for inclusion in year sets. A small number were also placed into circulation. The centenary of Douglas (Doolish) Corporation was commemorated with a £1 coin in 1996 and this depicts the Douglas Borough Arms The new 10p coin was introduced in 1992; its size being reduced to approximately the diameter of the old 5p coin. It bore the typical Manx with the dates 1896 and 1996 either side. Triskeles (three legs) symbol with the Latin motto Quocunque Jeceris A number of different types and variations occurred between 1988 Stabit - ‘Which ever way you throw it, it will stand’. The coin was and 1996 on the £2 and circulating £5 coins and these will be reminiscent of the 1978-82 thin £1 coins known as Percy’s. The supply described in the next issue. of 10p coins from the first minting were slightly too thick and would not function properly in some slot machines. Many had to be returned Coins of the Isle of Man, by for modification. The original minting can be identified by the M. J. Southall, M.B.E significantly wider date and the rounded tails of the ‘99’. All the coins This book makes compelling reading of this type bore the die mark ‘AA’ in small Celtic letters just above the right hand foot of the Triskeles. These coins are now rarely seen in and is a most useful reference work for anyone with the slightest interest circulation. The other die marks for the 1992 10p coins are ‘AB’, ‘AC’ in the coins of the Isle of Man. and ‘AE’, all of which are still commonly seen in circulation. More about the subject of die marks in a future issue. Please note that this item is only available direct from the author: mikesouthall@manx.net Telephone: 01624 816 302 1988-1992 1993-1995 Price £27.50 Inclusive Inclusive (plus £5 postage & packing) Now available from local bookshops

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.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 2012 Five Pound Coin Paddington Bear & Crown Twelve Days of Christmas six 50p Box Set Turkish Angora Cat Crown Lifetime of Service Royal Crown IOMCYG £2 Coin & Blistercard IOMCYG £2 Coin in a box HM Queen Coronation Crown in a box HM Queen Visit to Canada Crown in a box Manx Cat Crown 2012 in a box Olympics 2012 (Set of 6 coins in a box) Mark Cavendish 50p in a wallet

AF99 £9.99 AG02 £27.50 AG03 £16.50 AG09 £19.95 AG28 £27.50 AG29 £12.95 AG31 £12.95 AG37 £5.00 AG38 £12.95 AG44 £12.95 AG45 £12.95 AG46 £12.95 AG48 £75.00 AG51 £2.00

Diamond Jubilee 50p in a box Mark Cavendish 50p in a box Mark Cavendish Stamp & Coin Pack Diamond Jubilee Stamp & Coin Pack Thames Pageant Crown in a box Titanic Boarding Crown in a box David Knight 50p Coin in a wallet David Knight Tyre & Coin Pack David Knight 50p Coin in a box Christmas 2012 50p in a wallet 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

AG52 £9.95 AG53 £9.95 AG54 £15.00 AG55 £15.00 AG57 £12.95 AG58 £12.95 AG60 £2.00 AG61 £15.00 AG62 £9.95 AG65 £2.00 AG66 £12.95 AG67 £12.95 AG68 £19.95 AG69 £12.95 AG70 £12.95


COLLECTABLES The Perfect Tribute to a Musical Legend The Bee Gees are legends of popular music and our stamp issue pays tribute to the life and career of proud Manxman, and Island resident, Robin and coincides with the posthumous release of his album 50 St Catherine's Drive. The title is the Douglas address where his family was living when he and his twin brother Maurice were born in 1949. Our eight stamp issue charts the landmarks in his own illustrious musical career and showcases a man with academic and charitable interests beyond the music industry. Robin Gibb 1949-2012 Special Folder NEW We present our ultimate Robin Gibb collectable, a must-have tribute to one of the world’s finest songwriters and performers. Comprising the superb postal tribute label sheet alongside two unique items you won’t find anywhere else - a special format 50 St Catherine’s Drive envelope and an amazing dvd compilation – this lavish collector’s folder features a heart-warming tribute by renowned music writer David Leaf. Incorporating never-before-seen Robin Gibb material, the disc brings together episodes of his career in relation to the Isle of Man including interviews in Thame before the first issue of Bee Gees stamps in 1999, a performance of Ellan Vannin at King William’s College, his Freeman of Douglas visit, the opening of Rebecca House, coverage of a tribute occasion at 50 St Catherine’s Drive itself and a truly unique photo gallery of images kindly shared by Robin’s family. The perfect tribute to one of the Island’s most-loved sons. Robin Gibb 1949-2012 Special Folder RE43 £30.00 Robin Gibb Special Label Sheet NEW Our fabulous Label Sheet combines the mint stamps with unique images of Robin generously shared by his family. The mint (or 'CTO') sheet is safely enclosed in our full colour high quality 'wrapover' display folder which also includes a wonderful text - a tribute to Robin by eminent music writer and friend of the Bee Gees, David Leaf. 'CTO' refers to 'cancelled to order' - postmarked with the day of issue. At A4 scale the sheet is ideal for framing. Robin Gibb Special Label Sheet Mint RE64 CTO RE65 £10.14

A Celebration of Coronation Commemoratives Special Folder We celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with our wonderful commemorative folder. Great landmarks in royal history have always been marked by souvenirs of all shapes and sizes and many of us will have keepsakes both cheap and valuable recalling such historic occasions. Familiar items like biscuit tins, horse brasses, penknives and mugs have all been adapted to the Coronation theme over the years as well as a variety of more unusual items. In addition to our customary image-rich editorial the stamps for the issue are included in partial pictorial sheet form and the total face value of the stamps actually exceeds the price of the folder. An unmissable and lavish production to mark our monarch’s truly significant anniversary. A Celebration of Coronation Commemoratives Special Folder RB43 £30.00 PAGE 8 STAMP & COIN NEWS – SPRING 2013


COLLECTABLES The Three Legs of Man Self Adhesive Stamp Booklets NEW These decorative booklets have ten 40p and 42p These wonderfully decorative self-adhesive stamp booklets can be used for postage within the Isle of Man and to UK destinations. The reverse sides of the booklet feature additional three legs emblems and useful post office contact information. Three Legs of Man Self-Adhesive Stamp Booklet - IOM Value RD71 £4.00 Three Legs of Man Self-Adhesive Stamp Booklet - UK Value RD72 £4.20 Three Legs Self-Adhesive Set (2 values) Mint RD32 CTO RD82 £0.82

Elizabeth and Victoria Crown NEW Only two monarchs in British history have ever celebrated a Diamond Jubilee – Queen Victoria and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This year, 2013, marks the anniversary of both Coronations, the 175th Anniversary for Queen Victoria’s Coronation and the 60th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation. To commemorate both these amazing achievements, the Isle of Man has approved the release of a superb new coin which carries a double portrait of Queen Victoria and her great, great grand-daughter, Queen Elizabeth II. In addition, the obverse of the coin features a unique double effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The first effigy is an up-to-date image of Her Majesty, while the second is based on a portrait that first appeared on coins at the start of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. Elizabeth and Victoria Crown in a box AG69 £12.95 Siberian Cat Crown NEW Having celebrated its 25th Anniversary last year, the Isle of Man Cat series of coins continues this year with the issue of another superb cupro-nickel crown, this time featuring the Siberian Cat. The Siberian Cat has been present in Russia for centuries and is an ancient cat breed that is now said to be the ancestor of all modern long-haired cats. It is a natural breed of Siberia and the national cat of Russia. Siberian Cat Crown in a box AG70 £12.95 St Patrick & The Snake Crown NEW The Isle of Man does not have a patron saint, but if we were to adopt one, St Patrick would be a strong contender, even if we had to share him with Ireland, as he is credited with bringing Christianity to our shores. The image on the coin shows St Patrick casting out serpents during his time on the Isle of Man with the obverse carrying the traditional fine effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, Lord of Man by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS. This fine Cupro Nickel coin comes in a hard-shelled collectors box. St Patrick & The Snake Crown in a box AG66 £12.95

The Kermode Bear Crown and Gift Pack NEW The population of the Kermode Bear is estimated at 400 to 1,000 individuals and it is thought they have survived due to the fact that they were known as ‘Spirit Bears’ and therefore the First Nations never hunted or mentioned them to fur trappers. The design on the coin features an adult Kermode Bear sitting near water with her two playful cubs. The coin is Cupro Nickel and ships in a plush hard-shelled collectors box. This stunning coin is also available with a delightfully cute plush white bear to enhance the beauty of these magnificent animals. Kermode Bear Crown in a box AG67 £12.95 Kermode Bear & Crown Gift Pack AG68 £19.95

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COLLECTABLES Signed London 2012 Olympic Games Gold Medal Winners Sheet Following the success of Manxman Peter Kennaugh in the Men’s Team Pursuit track cycle race - along with team mates Steve Burke, Ed Clancy and Geraint Thomas – we produced our Gold Medal Winners Sheet in celebration in a limited edition of 2012. We are now able to offer collectors stamp sheet numbers 1 to 100 in a limited framed edition, signed by all four members of the winning GB Men’s Pursuit Team. Each item includes a certificate of authenticity signed by Geoff Corkish MBE MHK, Chairman of Isle of Man Post Office. Signed London 2012 Olympic Games Gold Medal Winnners Sheet QA78 £60.00 Geoff Duke Special Label Sheet NEW A pictorial sheet of stamps and labels to celebrate the 90th Birthday of TT legend Geoff Duke. The sheet captures many highlights from his celebrated career. Geoff Duke Special Label Sheet Mint RF60 CTO RF61 £8.52 Geoff Duke Special Folder NEW A folder containing a potted history of Geoff Duke’s lifetime achievements through photographs and an exclusive commentary by his son Peter Duke. This true collectable includes our 90th birthday pictorial sheet of stamps and a facsimile of a rare vintage publication The TT as Geoff Duke Sees It - a terrific booklet which answers such questions as ‘what gear did you use coming into Signpost Corner?’ or ‘ how fast did you take Ballaugh Bridge?’ Geoff Duke Special Folder RF43 £20.00 Joey Dunlop Special Label Sheet NEW A pictorial stamp sheet and labels celebrating the TT legend Joey Dunlop and his record - breaking achievements on Honda Motorcycles. Joey Dunlop Special Label Sheet Mint RF62 CTO RF63 £9.97 Joey Dunlop Special Folder Limited Edition of 300 NEW Celebrating the TT Legend Joey Dunlop OBE MBE, this great collectible provides an insight into Joey the King of the Mountain and also his personality off the race circuit. Joey’s family and friends have given permission to reproduce personal photographs and recollections of ‘Yer maun from Ballymoney’. The collection includes our pictorial special label sheet with images from some of his most memorable successes, a special postcard and a truly unique must-have for all those who hold Joey in their hearts… It’s a well known fact that Joey always wore a red Honda t-shirt underneath his leathers when he rode on the mountain course… We are honoured to have been given a genuine shirt by his family and each one of these folders includes a small fragment of Joey’s red shirt - a real piece of TT history. Joey Dunlop Special Folder RF45 £25.00 World Champion Manxman... This great new collectable is now available for FREE worldwide delivery. This legal tender 50p coin celebrates Enduro Motorcycle Sport and the Manx Motorcyclist David Knight, but that is not the whole story! Our fantastic special pack also contains a genuine piece of 'knobbly' tyre supplied to us direct from David Knight himself - both coin and pack are safely encapsulated in clear vacuum-formed bubbles. The text tells the story of his career to date in the context of one of the most unique collectable items available anywhere. David Knight Tyre & Coin Pack AG61 £15.00 David Knight 50p Coin in a box AG62 £9.95 David Knight 50p Coin in a wallet AG60 £2.00 PAGE 10 STAMP & COIN NEWS – SPRING 2013


YEAR COLLECTIONS 2012

IOM Post Office Yearbook 2012 From the London 2012 Olympic Games to the Diamond Jubilee 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 2012 QK07 £62.00

Year Collection of Presentation Packs 2012 The presentation packs for the year in a complimentary binder, fantastic value. Year Collection of Presentation Packs 2012 QK04 £72.00

Year Set 2012 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 2012 QK12 £60.00

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FUTURE ISSUES 100th Edition of the Tour de France - Issue Date 19.06.13 Le Tour as we now refer to this iconic bicycle race celebrates its 100th staging in 2013. Our stamp issue looks at world famous riders many of whom started off by taking part in the Isle of Man International Cycle Week.

Newspaper Headlines - Issue Date 04.07.13 A set of six stamps which feature newspaper headlines. Many of the events featured have changed our view of history or had a tremendous impact on the world we live in.

St Thomas' Church Murals - Issue Date 08.08.13 This issue commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of one of our finest artists John Miller Nicholson. The works we have chosen to feature on our stamp issue are his magnificent murals at St Thomas’ Church in Douglas.

CAN YOU HELP? As we rapidly approach the fortieth anniversary of postal independence we would like to prepare an archive of comments and memories from our collectors, trade customers, really anyone who has been instrumental to the longevity of Isle of Man Stamps and Coins. We intend to publish some of the stories and memories in our 2013 Yearbook but more importantly keep any submissions with our official Isle of Man Post Office archive for the benefit of future generations. Please send your contributions to Mirella Annis Mirella.annis@iompost.com phone 698454 or by post to our PO Box 10M address below.

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