The Isle of Man’s historic Silver Cat coin series is one of the world’s most famous and sought-after series. This legendary series continues for 2015 with a new coin featuring the Selkirk Rex designed in high quality .999 fine Proof Silver.
- Contains 1 oz of .999 Silver
- Each coin comes in its original box with a certificate of authenticity.
- Obverse: Features Selkirk Rex Longhair cat with its kitten along with the weight and denomination of one crown.
- Reverse: Features the likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Lord of Mann by Ian Rank-Broadley, and the year of issue.
- Guaranteed by the government of the Isle of Man.
The Selkirk Rex is a one of the newest natural breeds of cat, originating in Montana in 1987. It is a large and solidly built breed with a very soft coat, which has a woolly look and feel with loose, unstructured curls.
The temperament of the Selkirk Rex reflects that of the breeds used in its development, including the reserved qualities of the British Shorthair, the cuddly nature of the Persian and the playfulness of the Exotic Shorthair. These gentle cats bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.
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.