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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 CounterfeitCoins.com 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
Gord

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
Updated by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., 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 isla boy male mann boys mans peny cents pennys pennies stabit quocunque iecfris three legs leg one running run round sans changer an eagle sitting sit child laying lay flat crown qvocvnqve quocungue legged ones runs eaglets egals eable egal eagles eag ealge eagel sits childs children crowned tiara crwon crpwn crowns tiarra crowning tiera triune triskellion triskelion baby hawk falcon kid

Comments

'SANS CHANGER' (Without Change) is the motto of the Earls of Derby. This coin was minted to recognize James Stanley (10th Earl of Derby) who bore the title 'King of Man'. The eagle and baby(Oskatel Lathum) was taken from the Lathum coat of arms when one of the first Earls of Derby married Isabelle Lathum. These coins are rare in XF or better, bring high prices with them(500.00 or better). Oh, by the by, The motto on the obverse is actually translated 'whichever way you throw me,I will stand'. - Louis Stanley
Thanks, Louis, for your interesting comment! You are right about the translation of the motto on the obverse, and I have fixed this in the article. - CoinQuest (Chris)

  

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