Isle of Man 1/2 and Full Sovereign, 2 Pounds and 5 Pounds  1973 to 1985
Isle of Man 1/2 and Full Sovereign, 2 Pounds and 5 Pounds 1973 to 1985

Hello, Laura -- It is a little difficult to tell exactly what coin you have, but this is our best guess. It is a gorgeous gold sovereign from the Isle of Man. It is worth its weight in gold.

A few decades ago, like many governments, the Isle of Man figured out that it could make a lot of money minting coins and selling them to investors and collectors. Laura's coin, with the young portrait of Queen Elizabeth and the impressive Viking warrior is especially attractive. There are many, many other patters in gold, silver, and other exotic precious metals.

The coin in our picture comes from a respected seller of precious metals, and CoinQuest thanks APMEX for granting us copyright release.

Buying and selling investment gold is easy, as long as you follow a few simple rules. You can click to our CoinQuest article on the subject and you should read it before investing large sums of money. The article gives guidance for pricing coins like this Isle of Man piece.

To figure an approximate value of an Isle of Man Viking coin, use a web site such as to determine the current value of gold per troy ounce. Then multiply that value by the number of troy ounces in your coin, as follows:

1/2 SOVEREIGN (18 mm diameter): 0.1174 troy ounces
SOVEREIGN or 1 POUND (22 mm diameter): 0.2347 ounces
2 POUNDS (29 mm diameter): 0.4695 ounces
5 POUNDS (36 mm diameter): 1.1737 ounces

For example, at this writing, the value of gold is about $1230 US dollars per troy ounce. Tomorrow it will be different, so look it up. If you have, for instance, a 2 pound coin, the value would be 1230 x 0.4695 = $577 US dollars.

When gold coins are bought and sold, the buyer or seller adds or subtracts a few percentage points from the gold value to keep the dealership solvent. The actual mark-ups vary with the size of the transaction. Please read our suggested article above for more information on dealer margins.

Coin: 12573 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: laura, Wed, 26-Sep-2012 16:52:47 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Fri, 15-Feb-2013 03:58:46 GMT
Reviewed by Chris - Appraisal OK (Be sure to use current gold values), Sat, 13-Sep-2014 00:19:50 GMT
Requester description: 1986 Elizabeths head also written with Elizabeth the second, (other side-) knight on horse with isle of man written on. also includes date
Tags: isle island man 1 2 sovereign pounds pound 5 iland ilands islands isla male mann mens mans punt poundnote head elizabeth second knight horse elizabith elisabeth elisabet elizabet elizebeth elizibeth lizabeth knights nobleman mountie mounted mount equestrian rider pony horsehead hores riding horeseman horseman ride horseback horses equestres stallion helmet hat sword helmeted hood caps headband hooded bonnet cap helmit helmets headdress sworeds swordlike swords broadsword saber dragon slayer dragonslayer armor coat shield arms dragons sheild coats shiled crests shied chevrons shileld shild escucheon insignia arm shelid crested crest chevron creast shields





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