Isle of Man 2-NEW PENCE (KM21) Falcons
The Isle of Man features a healthy population of Peregrine falcons, and one appears on the island's coat of arms. The pair of falcons on this coin are obviously involved in the sport of falconry, which is the art/sport of hunting wild quarry with a trained bird of prey. This sport has been traced back to the 4th century BCE.
When the Isle of Man switched to decimal currency in 1971, the two pence and larger coins were called "new pence" for a few years to avoid confusion. However, the half-penny and penny coins did not have the word "new" on them (for some reason).
- Diameter: 25.9 mm
- Composition: Bronze
- CAT#: KM21