Isle of Man Half and Penny Penny  1709 to 1733
Isle of Man Half and Penny Penny 1709 to 1733

Yeah, it's hard to miss those three legs. The actual name of this three-legged device (so the Internet tells me) is the triune or triskellion. QUOCUNQUE JECERIS STABIT means 'whichever way you throw me, I will stand', which is the motto of the small Isle of Man located between Scotland, Ireland, and England. For historical information about these coins, including an explanation of the inscription 'SANS CHANGER', see the note from Louis Stanley in the comment section below.

Look at this well-preserved coin. The picture was sent to us from MadScotsMen himself. It is in beautiful shape. He also has several other examples, but this is his best one.

Don't clean your coins, MadScotsMen! Cleaning ruins value.

Normally these old coins catalog for about $20 US dollars in worn condition, rising to several hundred dollars in well preserved condition. These values apply to both half pennies and pennies.

MadScotsMen's coin is in such good shape, it should easily fetch $500 to $1000. The catalog also says that these coins were minted in several different metals, and those in brass, silver, and bath metal (a form of bronze) command higher value than the normal copper pieces. Remember that catalog values are inflated values. Use the Terminology page for more information about what 'catalog' means.

Consider having your coin authenticated, graded, and encapsulated by a numismatic service such as PCGS. Once your coin is mounted in a reputable numismatic slab, it will be worth several hundred dollars.

By way of encouragement, Gord Nicols of writes to CoinQuest:

Hi Paul
Thanks for your kind words about my web site. I have not heard of a forgery of the 1733 coins.
I have heard that these 1733 coins were counterfeited in their day but such a counterfeit in that condition would be as rare as a genuine example.
My best

Coin: 922 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: madscotsmen, Sun, 09-Aug-2009 10:36:42 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 18-Oct-2012 02:20:45 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Sat, 04-Oct-2014 13:49:07 GMT
Requester description: 1733 stabit quocunque iecfris with three legs on one side that appear to be linked together in the centre and look as though there running round on the coin, on the other side it says sans.changer with a what appears to be an eagle sitting on a small child laying flat across a small crown
Tags: isle island man half penny cent iland ilands islands male mens mans peny cents pennys pennies stabit quocunque iecfris three legs leg one centre offcenter running runner round sans eagle sitting seat child laying lay flat crown qvocvnqve quocungue legged ones off offset certer center centers centered runs run eaglets egals egal eagles eagel stool sit sitted sits seated boy girls childs boys baby kid girl children crowned tiara crowns tiarra crowning tiera triune triskellion triskelion hawk falcon


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