One Crown 1974 Churchill, Coin from Isle of Man - detailed information

One Crown 1974 Churchill, Coin from Isle of Man
CoinOne Crown 1974 Churchill

The Isle of Man has its own circulating coinage, which is used in parallel with the British Pound Sterling; it also issues an extensive range of Non-Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) coins for collectors, as well as bullion coins in a variety of formats and designs.

The coin format most popular with collectors is the Crown, which has the same specifications as the British (decimal) Crown - also issued as a collector coin, and historically is derived from the British pre-decimal Crown, which was a circulating denomination.

After decimalisation, a Crown coin was nominally denominated as 25 pence, an old Crown being equal to five shillings, and a shilling re-denominated as five pence. The UK Crown and its derivatives - such as the Manx Crown - was later re-denominated as £5 in 1990. The Manx Crown displays the denomination as "Crown" though and not as £5 (which its UK counterpart almost never does), and is - also unlike the UK Crown - subdivided into fractional denominations, such as half-crown, one-tenth Crown etc.

This commemorative crown coin marks the centenary of the birth of Sir Winston Churchill.

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (30 November 1874 - 24 January 1965) was a British statesman, army officer, and writer. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when he led the country to victory in the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955.

The reverse design is based on a medal which Pobjoy had prepared - but not released - in 1965, which was in turn based on a portrait photograph by Yousuf Karsh.

MintPobjoy Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage45,000
Isle of Man / One Crown 1974 Churchill - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned and draped young bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Second Portrait", by Arnold Machin).

The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Rank-Broadley and the Gottwald portraits.

Around, the monarch's legend and the date of issue: ISLE OF MAN ELIZABETH II 1974.

Obverse Inscription ISLE OF MAN ELIZABETH II 1974
Isle of Man / One Crown 1974 Churchill - reverse photo

The rim of the reverse is surrounded by a decorative border of links topped by a small shield with a "triskeles" formed of three human legs in armour, flexed at the knee and conjoined at the thigh - from the Coat of Arms of the Isle of Man.

At centre, the bust of Sir Winston Churchill facing.

Around above, the inscription WINSTON CHURCHILL CENTENARY 1974 - 1874. Around below, the face value ONE CROWN.

There is no mint mark.

EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Krause notes that "Most of this issue are doubled die."

One Crown 1974 Churchill: Known varieties
Variety In PNC
Mintage Issued: unknown

Copper-nickel coin in First-day cover (FDC) issue with Churchill-themed stamp, postmarked Isle of Man "30 NO 75" (30th November 1975).

Variety Silver Proof
Mintage Issued: 30,000
Material0.925 Silver

Sterling silver proof.

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One Crown 1974 Churchill: Details
CountryIsle of Man
CurrencyManx Pound
Coin TypeCrown
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II, Lord of Mann
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin
ReverseCoat of Arms of the Isle of Man
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Total Mintage45,000
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.6100 mm
Mass28.2800 g
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One Crown 1974 Churchill: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsIsle of Man KM# 30, KM# 30a (Silver)