Following the highly successful Penny Black coin and the Two Pence Blue, Pobjoy Mint is delighted to release a new issue in this series, the Penny Red Stamp coin.
- Cupro-Nickel metal composition.
- Limited mintage of 10,000 coins.
- Obverse: Carries a special effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II exclusively by Pobjoy Mint.
- Reverse: The rare stamp is perfectly reproduced on the coin and to make it as unique as previous ones, it has been produced with a beautiful Pearl-effect red finish.
- Guaranteed by the British government.
Add this 2016 Isle of Man Cupro-Nickel 1 Crown 175th anniversary Penny Red coin to your cart today.
The Penny Red was a British postage stamp first issued in 1841, making 2016 the 175th anniversary of its release. The color was changed from black to red because of the difficulty in being able to see a cancellation mark on the Penny Black, the red made this mark much more visible. It was essentially introduced to combat fraud but, consistently, it continued to be the main type of postage stamp in the UK from its release until 1879.
The statistics surrounding the stamp are not short of highlights. It was printed in a quantity exceeding 21 billion, over a period of more than 38 years, and was the world’s most used stamp in the early classic period. It was also Britain’s longest-running stamp issue in everyday use, and remains possibly it’s most collected and best studied.
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.