The 1970 silver Manx crown features the second portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Arnold Machin on the obverse with the reverse depicting the Manx Cat.
Native to the isale of man, the Manx Cat has distinguishable characteristics in that the breed has no tail and elongated hind legs making it instantly recognisable. The reverse engraving by Christopher Ironside depicts the cat facing to the left with the demonination and the date displayed underneath.
Manx Coinage has been used from the middle ages to date, seeing regular issue between 1679 and 1841, with a revival in the 1960's for both circulation and collection purposes.
The main economic activity of the Isle of Man used to be tourism. These days it appears to be issuing coins and stamps. For the tiny size of the island and its population (68,000), it certainly issues plenty of coins. Most of the modern ones are designed, minted and marketed worldwide by Pobjoy Mint. We believe that Manx coins are over-produced and over-marketed, but they appear to be popular with many people, judging by the number we get offered. We also think that many of the newer issues are slightly expensive at issue price, and believe that we offer most of our coins at below original issue price.
The Obverse of the 1970 silver crown features the second portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Arnold Machin.
The enscription states:
'Elizabeth The Second'
Designed by Christopher Ironside, the engraving on the reverse depicts a Manx Cat with the enscription reading:
'ISLE OF MAN , ONE CROWN'
|Silver Weight Troy Ounces||0.841|
|Fineness / Carat||0.925 Sterling Silver|
|Obverse Designer||Arnold Machin|
|Reverse Designer||Christopher Ironside|
|Mint / Brand||Pobjoy Mint|
|Country||Isle of Man|
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