Monday, November 28, 2011

New Silver Crown celebrates centenary of TT Mountain Course


The Isle of Man Treasury have issued a silver crown celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Tourist Trophy (TT), an annual event for motorcyclist enthusiasts which has become a premier event in the motorcycling calendar.  The Snaefell Mountain Course has been part of the road racing circuit for 100 years and has been used with occasional course changes since 1911.  The course is 37.7 miles in length and the start-line is situated on the Glencrutchery Road in the capital of Douglas and also ending there since the course takes a circular route.
Struck by the Pobjoy Mint,  the reverse side of this new coin features two riders battling for position over an outline map of the Isle of Man. Above the primary design is the text “100 YEARS OF THE TT MOUNTAIN COURSE” and underneath, the coin’s value of 1 CROWN. The design also incorporates the famous TT Logo. The obverse bears a fine effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Lord of Man by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.
The coin is issued in both cupro-nickel (UNC) and proof quality struck in sterling silver with a weight of 28 grams and a diameter of 38 mm. The silver coin has a mintage figure of 10,000 pieces. In conjunction with this exciting issue, a new 50 Pence coin is also being issued to commemorate the fact that Yamaha have taken part in the TT Races for 50 years.  The design on this coin depicts a rider and motorcycle and also includes the TT Logo.

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