On October 18, the Government and Treasury of the Isle of Man launched their latest and final gold Angel, which includes a Christmas-themed privy mark, in time for a festive celebration of the holiday season. The 2016-dated coins will be the last in the concluding series, which was originally introduced in 2004 and included privy marks representing the 12 days of Christmas. Last year, the coin’s mark reflected the 12th day of Christmas—“twelve pipers piping.”
This final coin is perhaps more traditional, as its privy mark represents “Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh,” the very first gifts said to have been given to the Christ Child in the manger by the Three Wise men or Kings, according to Christian tradition.
The special, 1/20th-ounce pure gold Angel coin is issued by the Treasury of the Isle of Man, but only a limited number of these unique coins are struck with the special privy mark. The gold Angel, which bears a design showing the Archangel Michael slaying the Dragon, is one of the World’s foremost bullion coins, and since medieval times the design has been thought to bring good luck and health to the bearer. The gold Angel was first issued in 1984; the design is only the third Angel design in the coin’s history.
The obverse bears a fine effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Lord of Man, by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.
|1/20th Angel||.9999 gold||1.55 g||15 mm||Proof||1,000|
Available in Proof .9999 fine gold, each coin has been produced to the highest quality and struck four times to display finely sculpted, frosted detail contrasting with a brilliant mirrored background. The coins are encapsulated and presented in a handmade case with a certificate of authenticity, making them ideal Christmas presents. For more information on this and other coins issued by the Treasury of the Isle of Man, please visit the website. International orders dispatched where applicable.
Pobjoy / Isle of Man Angel coins can also be purchased at APMEX.