Issued by the Isle of Man to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the release of the Noble in 1994.
The first Nobles date back to the 14th century and the reign of King Edward III. Because the design featured him in a ship, we see that influence on the Pobjoy Mint’s rendition, where a Viking longship appears on the reverse with a special 15 privy mark is next to the sail. A likeness of Queen Elizabeth II is on the obverse.
To commemorate this series of special coins, the Isle of Man Treasury has released this unique beautiful coin, struck in .999 fine Gold, with an outer ring of .999 fine Silver around the coin. The coin contains 31.1 grams of Gold and 9.39 grams of Silver. In addition to a limited mintage of only 3,000, this coin has been graded a perfect Proof 70 Ultra Cameo by NGC!
The idea that countries, big or small, can and should have their own coinage is what pushed the Pobjoy Mint forward. Pobjoy approached the Isle of Man government to begin a program of collector coins with corresponding values and specifications as British coins. In 1972, the Pobjoy Mint created the first practical set of coins for the Isle of Man including a 1/2 penny and up to 50 pence coins. These coins included historical and cultural elements, such as the Isle of Man’s distinctive three-legged “Triskele” insignia.
Since then, the Pobjoy Mint has issued an array of innovative and artistic coins sought after by some of the choosiest collectors. One particular contribution to numismatics and coin production was the development of the world’s first satisfactory man-made Precious Metal, called Virenium, which has been used in high denomination coinage since 1978. This was hailed worldwide as the first significant breakthrough in coinage from the last century.
The Pobjoy Mint provides circulation and collector coinage for 12 countries and territories, and that number is ever increasing. Pobjoy Mint has been consistently recognized within the numismatic industry for their innovations, including 45 “firsts” such as the first Silver one kilo coin, the first coin in the shape of the Eiffel Tower, the first titanium coin and the world’s highest relief coin. The Pobjoy Mint has demonstrated their ability to push the limits of the coin industry to surprising achievements and new heights.