Twenty-five Pence (Crown) 1975 Manx Cat, Coin from Isle of Man - detailed information

Twenty-five Pence (Crown) 1975 Manx Cat, Coin from Isle of Man
CoinTwenty-five Pence (Crown) 1975 Manx Cat

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 is only the third Crown coin issued by the Isle of Man, and the second featuring a Manx cat.

The Manx cat (in earlier times often spelled Manks) is a breed of domestic cat (Felis catus) originating on the Isle of Man, with a naturally occurring mutation that shortens the tail. Many Manx have a small stub of a tail, but Manx cats are best known as being entirely tailless; this is the most distinguishing characteristic of the breed, along with elongated hind legs and a rounded head. Manx cats come in all coat colours and patterns, though all-white specimens are rare, and the coat range of the original stock was more limited. Long-haired variants are sometimes considered a separate breed, the Cymric.

MintPobjoy Mint Mint MarkLetters PM Total Mintage35,000
Isle of Man / Twenty-five Pence (Crown) 1975 Manx Cat - obverse photo

Effigy of the ruling British monarch, legend.

Crowned and draped young bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (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: ISLE OF MAN ELIZABETH II.

The mint mark PM of the Pobjoy Mint is in small letters below the bust truncation.

Obverse Inscription ISLE OF MAN ELIZABETH II
Isle of Man / Twenty-five Pence (Crown) 1975 Manx Cat - 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, a tailless Manx cat, walking to left and facing the viewer.

Around above, the face value TWENTY FIVE PENCE. Below the cat, the date of issue 1975.

Reverse Inscription TWENTY FIVE PENCE 1975
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

The Isle of Man uses the Manx cat as one of the symbols of the island nation and its unique culture. On Isle of Man currency, Manx cats are the subject of the reverse of four special commemorative crown coins. The first two, issued in 1970 and 1975, are stand-alone releases in both copper-nickel and silver proofs, while the third, in 1988, inaugurated an ongoing series of annual cat coin issues that have also been produced in gold in various sizes; an almost-hidden Manx cat appears in the background on each of the 1989-onward releases featuring other breeds.

Twenty-five Pence (Crown) 1975 Manx Cat: Known varieties
Variety Silver Proof
Images Isle of Man / Twenty-five Pence (Crown) 1975 Manx Cat / Silver Proof - obverse photo Isle of Man / Twenty-five Pence (Crown) 1975 Manx Cat / Silver Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 30,000
Material0.925 Silver

Sterling silver proof.

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Twenty-five Pence (Crown) 1975 Manx Cat: 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 Mintage35,000
DesignerChristopher Ironside
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.6100 mm
Mass28.2800 g
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Twenty-five Pence (Crown) 1975 Manx Cat: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsIsle of Man KM# 31, KM# 31a (Silver)