5 New Pence, Issued by Isle of Man, 1975
Minted by Pobjoy Mint
Diademed and draped bust of the Queen facing right; around, ELIZABETH THE SECOND . 1975 .
At centre, Tower of Refuge; around above, ISLE OF MAN; around below, . FIVE NEW PENCE .
The dangerous waters of the Irish Sea which surrounded Douglas Bay led Sir William Hillary to build a refuge for sailors washed overboard in storms. Situated upon Conister Rock in Douglas Bay it took the form of a small granite castle which was kept stocked with fresh water and bread. Designed by John Welch, the Tower of Refuge was completed in 1832. It is depicted on the reverse of this coin.
Donation from Mr John P. Sharples - Museum Victoria, 3 1986
Type of item
5.61 g (Weight)
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2009. 2009 Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901 - 2000.