Product Code: L0458703
1996 marked an important anniversary for all Burnsians, as it was the bicentenary of Robert Burns's death. Celebrated by Pobjoy Mint with a series of crown coins on behalf of the Isle of Man.
The Isle of Man association with Robert Burns starts with the Caledonian Society hosting one of Britain’s most prestigious Burns Supper yearly. Also, Burns inspired the Manx national poet Thomas Browne. Another anecdote which connects the Bard to the Isle is his interception, together with his fellow-officers, of the brig Rosamond, which was caught smuggling brandy from the Isle of Man to the coast of Solway.
The series of four 1 crown coins is held at The University of Glasgow’s Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery. They all depict the well-known Raphael David Maklouf effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse, while the reverse depict Burns-related images.
The design on this coin features the poet over a background showing Edinburgh Castle, which reminds us that he lived in Edinburgh where he met some of the people who would determine his fame worldwide, such as James Johnson and George Thomson. Also, he is portrayed wearing a Masonic apron. Burns in fact became a Freemason in July 1781, and on the 27th July 1784, was made Depute Master of Lodge St James, in Kilwinning.
All the coins in this series are made of cupro-nickel with a limited edition in sterling silver and gold.
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