Isle of Man Low Denomination Coins Coming to an End?

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Have you heard the news that the Isle of Man low denomination coins are coming to an end? This isn’t the first time this sort of thing has happened; we’ve just heard it again. The Isle of Man is considering withdrawing its 1-, 2-, and 5-pence coins from circulation because of rising inflation. Alex Allinson, the IOM’s treasury minister, has emphasized that any proposed changes must be carefully considered. Payments would likely need to be rounded up to the nearest 10 pence if the IOM decided to eliminate its three lowest coin denominations.

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Allinson said, “Any change to the way society uses cash must be carefully considered,” after noting that “coinage within our culture has been embedded over many centuries.” Manx pounds are the standard currency of the Isle of Man. The Pobjoy Mint produced Isle of Man coins from 1971 to 2016, and the Tower Mint has been responsible for minting IOM coins since 2017. The coins of the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man are very comparable. As a result, IOM coins, which are not legal tender in the UK, can sometimes be found in circulation there. British coins are accepted as legal tender in the Isle of Man. The United Kingdom still mints 1-, 2-, and 5-pence coins.

There is a trade-off between the low production cost of low-denomination coins and their limited circulation value. According to Allinson, we need to figure out why and how coin use has dropped and eliminate the useless ones. While final choices have not been made, we should learn from the experiences of countries like Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, and our neighbors in the Republic of Ireland. If the lowest denomination coins were to be eliminated, the minister of the Treasury said that the government would propose making mandatory rounding the norm for all cash transactions. No alterations would be made to the processing of credit card payments.

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A government spokesperson stated, “demand for cash, and low value denominations in particular, has declined,” and that “No Manx 1- and 2-pence coins have been minted since 2016, the primary reason being that minting costs more than their face value.” The IOM has a company. The price of producing a single American one-cent coin is now greater than 2.5 cents. Production of one-cent and five-cent coins cost the United States Mint $171 million in lost revenue in 2022. The first IOM coins were tokens used as currency by merchants and issued by various issuers between 1668 and 1831. In 1668, John Murrey created the penny.

When other unofficial private coinages were banned in 1679, “Murrey Pennies” entered circulation. In 1708, when the Isle of Man requested its coins, Master of the Mint Sir Isaac Newton declined. A year later, the island’s first officially minted coins appeared. Non-precious metal coinage was forbidden in 1733. Littler, Dove, and Company (The Douglas Bank Company) began minting coins in 1811 with denominations ranging from halfpennies to pennies to shillings to half-crowns to crowns. In the same year, Quayle, Cotteen, and Lightfoot of Castletown minted halfpennies and pennies, and the Atlas Fire Insurance Company of Douglas did the same. John Caine issued halfpennies and pennies in Castletown in 1830, and timber merchant William Callister issued halfpennies in Ramsey in 1831.

Callister’s grandson, J.D. Clucas, amassed a collection of Manx coins now on display at the Manx Museum. Between 1839 and 1971, the Royal Mint issued copper farthings, halfpennies, and pennies featuring the British monarch of the Isle of Man. This was followed by introducing the halfpenny, penny, twopence, five, ten, and fifty new pence coins. The one pound coin was introduced in 1978. In 1998, a £2 coin was introduced. In 1865, the Isle of Man Banking Company was established, and from that year on, £1 banknotes were issued. In 1894, five pound notes entered circulation.

The bank officially became known as “Isle of Man Bank” in 1926. As late as 1961, when the IOM Government Notes Act canceled their licenses, nine other banks had issued IOM £1 banknotes. The Isle of Man now issues banknotes with face values of £1, £5, £10, £20, and £50. Since the IOM is not an EU member, it is not included in the remit of the EU-UK partnership.

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