Coin Depicts 1st King of Isle of Man

17 Jun 2019  Mon

CIT released a special 5 Pounds .999 Silver Coin dedicated to King Manannan. The 3 oz coin is struck in Antique Finish for Isle of Man at B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprageanstalt, Munich. It has a diameter of 55 millimetres and a mintage limit of 999 pieces. The obverse side depicts a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, inscriptions QUEEN ELIZABETH II ISLE OF MAN 2019 / FIVE POUNDS in the hub of a Celtic cross. The beams and the surrounding ring feature Celtic interlace decoration. The reverse side depicts King Manannán in front of the Celtic cross wearing armour, down on one knee, with a lowered head. He holds the sword "Fragarach" featuring the triskelion of the Isle of Man in his right hand and a victory-bringing shield in his left hand. Other inscriptions on the reverse include MANANNAN / 1st KING OF MAN. Smartminting technology is used to create highly detailed and artistic designs.

Manannan is a popular hero from Celtic mythology who is known for inspiring Gods as well. He is the son of the sea god Ler and owns several magical objects. His sword is called Fragarach or “The Answerer”. His horse Enbarr of the flowing mane is extremely powerful. His ship Scuabtuinne or “Wave Sweeper” can fly over the sea. His coat and magical fog Feth fiada (“Mist of the Lord”) makes one invisible. He offers these powers to brave heroes who set out to fight important battles. He also helped the Irish hero Lugh to defeat Fomorians. Manannan is responsible for turning points in many Celtic myths but rarely plays the central role. He is known for his humble nature and honesty. He mainly inspired others to take on new challenges and fight evil. He is also known as the hero of Eirinn or the first king of Mannin (the Isle of Man).

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