15 October 2023
An issue celebrating the Manx Wildlife Trust collection is the first full 2023 decimal set featuring King Charles III (5p–£5) that has been issued by the Isle of Man. The circulating set has been created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the institution that protects and conserves the diverse fauna of the island. Part of the proceeds from the packs will be donated to the Manx Wildlife Trust.
Designed and produced by the Tower Mint, who have been the Isle of Man’s currency partner since 2017, the set highlights the unique and diverse wildlife of the island, with each coin featuring a different animal, insect, bird or marine creature found on the Isle of Man.
The animals represented are:
- Manx Shearwater (5p)
- Lesser Mottled Grasshopper (10p)
- Mountain Hare (20p)
- Peregrine Falcon (50p)
- Grey Seal (£1)
- Basking Shark (£2)
- Queen Scallop (£5)
Each of the coins has the name of the species featured in English and Manx Gaelic.
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Bill Henderson MHK, Currency Committee Chairman and Treasury Member, said:
‘I am delighted to be able to unveil this remarkable collection, celebrating the Isle of Man’s biodiversity. The coins will not only serve as a means of currency but also as a powerful tool to raise awareness for wildlife conservation. I am very pleased with the quality and design of this coin set, our minting partners, Tower Mint have done an excellent job in producing this set, which we are proud of.’
Graham Makepeace-Warne of the Manx Wildlife Trust said:
‘We are grateful for this recognition of our semi-centennial anniversary, and they are a wonderful representation of some of our amazing wildlife. The donations from the coins’ sales will enable us to continue our mission to protect and enhance our environment, create more spaces for wildlife and inspire people to act for nature.’
The Manx Wildlife Trust Anniversary Collection is available from IOM Coins (coins.co.im) and the Isle of Man Post Office, as well as the Manx Wildlife Trust and Manx National Heritage.