Issued in the Isle of Man’s Millennium year, 1979, the 50p and £1 notes in this pair are signed by Dawson with the special new title ‘Treasurer of the Isle of Man’. Queen Elizabeth II is on both notes. She oversaw the 1000th opening of their open-air parliament in that year. The back of the 50 pence note shows a Viking boat, whereas the £1 shows Tynwald Hill, the ancient seat of Manx Parliament (P34). Available individually or as a pair, both in Uncirculated condition.
In 1983 when these plastic £1 notes were issued by the Isle of Man, they were considered revolutionary. They were both the first and last £1 note printed on plastic in the British Isles (P38) The plastic was not the silky polymer we know today. It was printed on Tyvek and was shortlived being replaced 4 years later with a paper issue. Available in Unc.
In 1979, the Isle of Man celebrated the 1000th Anniversary of the Tynwald, the longest-continuous Parliament in the world. 1979 was also the year that the Isle of Man Government issued a £20 denomination for the first time. (P32) The first 5000 notes were given a special Overprint commemorating the Millennium. It read Issued During Millennium Year 1979. These Millennium £20 notes are considered scarce especially in Uncirculated. We purchased a small run of this scarce Millennium £20 available. They are all in Uncirculated condition. The image is a stock photograph and will not necessarily be the note supplied.
Crisp Uncirculated £5 notes from the Isle of Man. These feature a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the front and a view of Castle Rushen on the back (P48a) Chief Financial Officer is Malcolm Couch, Crisp Uncirculated.
When the Bank of England discontinued the paper 10 shilling note on decimalisation, it replaced it with a 50 pence coin. In the Isle of Man, instead of ditching the 10 shilling note for a coin it replaced it with a new note with the denomination of 50 New Pence. (P33) These Isle of Man 50 pence coins are amongst the last to be issued Signed by Dawson as Treasurer. They are in Crisp Uncirculated.