2018 Isle of Man Angel
issued by: Isle of Man Government
Diameter: Various | Weight: Various | Metal: Gold and Silver
The worlds foremost bullion and commemorative coin
The Isle of Man Angel is one of the world’s foremost bullion and commemorative coins inspired and maintaining the traditions of a coin introduced into England by Edward IV in 1465. The Angel is based on a French design, the Angelot or Ange, and its name was derived from its representation of the Archangel St.
Michael slaying the dragon. As treasured touchstones of good fortune and health, Angel coins were often passed down through generations as a family legacy. The legend of the lucky Angel coin has grown and grown for centuries. Napoleon, King Henry VII, fighter pilots, seafarers, police and fire fighters have all proclaimed the Angel’s powers of luck and protection. In 2008, the Isle of Man Government introduced a new design bringing back some features of the original design including Michael’s feathered wings and Viking knit motif around the border. The Angel coin series has become one of the most popular collector coin series in the world.
Reverse Design: The obverse design depicts an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark and inscription including the year the coin is struck, the country of issue and Her Majesty’s title ‘Queen Elizabeth II’. The reverse design is in keeping with the traditional Angel coin design used by the Isle of Man dating back to the 1980s, it is the classic design of the archangel Michael slaying a Dragon, which first appeared on an English medieval coin also called the Gold Angel 540 years ago. The rim is embellished by a Viking Knit motif and the Isle of Man triskelion at the 12 o’clock position.