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Manx Gold Crown Fact File

Everything you need to know about Manx Gold Crowns.

One Ounce of Gold

Many countries now issue a one ounce bullion coin, to be sold at a very low premium over the intrinsic gold value.
There are two Manx versions is the Gold Crown, which we describe on this page, the other is the Gold Angel.
The Isle of Man introduced crowns as a coin denomination in 1979. They have been made in a wide variety of sizes, weights and metals including cupro-nickel, silver, gold, platinum, palladium and titanium. The crown seems to be a "catch-all" denomination, but on this page we will concentrate on gold crowns which have been issued as bullion coins, with gold content of one ounce or fractions of an ounce.

Gold Cats

In 1988 or possibly 1987, the Isle of Man issued its first 'Cat' crown. This must have been very popular, as they have continued to produce gold cats almost every year since. Each year sees a new and different design featuring a different breed of cat.

Manx Cats

We tend to call the Isle of Man 'Cat' series of crowns 'Manx Cats', but this is quite incorrect in a feline sense, perhaps we would be more accurate if we called them 'Isle of Man Cats'. Cat lovers will know that Manx cats are famous for having no tails, we usually tell people that Manx cats have only three legs. If you don't know why, just look at the Manx coat of arms.

The Manx Gold Crown Family

Gold bullion crowns have been produced in a number of different sizes and weights, from one ounce to one twenty-fifth of an ounce, as detailed below.

Crown - A New Design With A Long Tradition

Crowns were first issued for Henry VIII of England in 1544, and continue in use to the present day.

Low Premium Over Gold Content

As with most one ounce gold bullion coins, they are made available to world bullion dealers at a low percentage premium over the current gold fix, although the premium on Manx gold crowns in higher than that charged on Krugerrands of most other gold bullion coins.

Higher Premium on Smaller Sizes

The fractional sizes are issued at higher premiums than for the one ounce versions. The fractional coins have never been as popular as the full one ounce coins, usually only being purchased as singles.

VAT Free From January 2000

In Britain investment gold coins became VAT free.

Continuous Service from Chard

Chard have maintained a dealing service for both collectors and investors in bullion and numismatic coins since 1964.

Technical Specifications

The following table summarises the specifications of all the sizes.

SizeDmtrWeightAlloyGold Content Gold Content
 mms.Grams/1.000GramsTroy Ounces
One Ounce32.6931.1035.999931.10351.0000
Twenty Fifth14 - 151.2441.99991.24410.0400

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Obverse of Manx Gold Crown

Obverse of Manx Gold Crown

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Reverse of Manx Gold Crown

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