Isle of Man Post Office celebrates the heroes and legends of the TT

As the 2015 Isle of Man TT gets under way, Isle of Man Post Office has unveiled a specially-minted 50p commemorating the Legends of the world-famous motorcycle road racing event.

The legal tender coin features the names of seven of the biggest stars in the event’s history, celebrating their outstanding achievements around the Isle of Man’s iconic Mountain Course.

Isle of Man Post Office has also produced a limited edition collectable featuring the coin and a selection of TT stamps, and there will be just 100 editions signed by four of the riders featured.

The sport’s first ‘superstar’ Geoff Duke, Bob McIntyre, the first to lap the course at more than 100mph, and great rivals Giacomo Agostini and Mike Hailwood are among the names featured. From the modern era are David Jefferies, current ‘King of the Mountain’ John McGuinness and, of course, 26-times TT winner Joey Dunlop.

The coin is available in a wallet, priced £2.95, and in a special collector’s gift pack featuring stunning photos of each of the legends at the TT over the years, priced £5.00.

Isle of Man Post Office’s limited edition collectable celebrates these legends as well as today’s heroes. The TT Heroes set includes images of modern-day heroes Michael Dunlop, Bruce Anstey, Ian Hutchinson, Guy Martin and Dave Molyneux and includes the new 50p, TT stamps featuring the legends and heroes and a selection of stunning photos.

Just 300 will be produced. Of these, 200 are available for £27.50 each, while for the true collector, 100 will be available mounted and accompanied by the autographs of four of the riders featured – McGuinness, Molyneux, Hutchinson and Anstey – priced at £175.00.

Maxine Cannon, General Manager, Isle of Man Stamps & Coins, said: ‘The Isle of Man TT has a history stretching back more than 100 years, and it has produced amazing stories and astonishing racing feats. At the heart of the event are the racers, those who test themselves against the Mountain Course, which is acknowledged to be the ultimate challenge in motorcycle racing.

‘As the 2015 TT gets under way, we believe it is fitting to pay tribute to those men whose courage, determination and skill has made them legends, and favourites to thousands of fans all over the world. The stunning 50p is a fitting celebration, and the special gift pack is an essential collectable for all TT fans.

‘Our limited edition TT Heroes set includes racers from recent years who are on their way to becoming TT legends. Michael Dunlop has continued the winning tradition of his father Robert and uncle Joey, Ian Hutchinson rewrote the history books in 2010 with five TT wins in a week, sidecar star Dave Molyneux is one of the most successful TT racers in any category, Bruce Anstey is currently the TT’s fastest man, with a record lap of 132.298mph last year, and Guy Martin is one of the event’s most recognisable names.

‘We hope fans agree we have produced fitting tributes to the legends and heroes of this incredible road racing event.’

David Cretney MLC, Member of the Department of Economic Development, responsible for Tourism and Motorsports, said: ‘I am delighted with the issue of this new specially-minted Isle of Man 50p coin which celebrates the remarkable careers of seven true TT Legends, starting in the 1950s with six times TT winner Geoff Duke and from the modern era the likes of Joey Dunlop who gained a total 26 victories and John McGuiness who secured his 21st TT victory in 2014.’

The TT Legends 50p and TT Heroes limited edition set can both be ordered now here, the TT Postshops at the Grandstand and in Regent Street, Douglas, or at any Post Office. You can also call 01624 698430 or email

TT Tarmac

 Eastcliffe Resource Centre

TT fans will have the very rare opportunity to buy a limited edition piece of the TT course this year thanks to Isle of Man Stamps & Coins and the Eastcliffe Resource Centre.

Just 750 unique pieces of tarmac taken from the Creg Ny Baa bend and Glencrutchery Straight will be on sale at Isle of Man Stamps & Coins’ Post Shop, which will be situated at the back of the Grandstand throughout TT fortnight. Last year, pieces of tarmac from Ballaugh Bridge were available and sold like hot tar. Fans were keen to take a small piece of the most famous motorsport course in the world home with them as a lasting souvenir of their visit.

Round The Bend

 This year Isle of Man Stamps & Coins has enlisted the help of members of the Department of Social Care’s Eastcliffe Resource Centre to help make and package the product ready to sell.

 Pascale Despringre, Senior Day Support Worker for the Centre said: “The workshop, part of Day Services Social Firm, has been putting together the TT tarmac souvenir. The team of adults with learning disabilities have learnt to break down the large pieces of tarmac into small pieces and put the packaging together. They have achieved a high standard of work and have met the orders promptly. Everyone has been involved in the various stages of the process and has enjoyed the work.”

 Maxine Cannon, Sales & Marketing Manager, Isle of Man Stamps & Coins said: “We have been very impressed by the diligence of the team who have prepared our products. The joint co-operation between our two businesses has shown what can be achieved by simply asking the question “is this something you can do?”

John Mcguiness Tarmac

The tarmac souvenir will be available to buy at the Post Shop priced £4.50, in addition biking enthuiasts and visitors alike will also be able to buy a wide range of TT merchandise and Isle of Man souvenirs. The TT Post Shop at the Grandstand is open from 9am everyday until June 9.

HM Queen Elizabeth II – Diamond Jubilee 1952-2012

HM Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee First Day Cover

We are  pleased to present a set of six stamps to commemorate the Queen’s reign.

The issue date for this collection is Feb 6th 2012.You can now pre order the collection here.  Please see the terms and conditions for pre ordering here. The collection will be available to order on our eBay Store from Monday 30th January 2012. Please also note that items will be dispatched from the issue date onwards. Please be aware the issue date for the miniature sheet is on HM Queen’s birthday, 21st April 2012.

Each year one of the themes of the Christmas message to the Nation and the Commonwealth is a reflection of events during the year, we are pleased to include extracts from some of the broadcasts.

HM Queen Elizabeth II - Diamond Jubiliee Miniture Sheet

58 Pence Stamp
This photograph of the Queen was taken when she attended a film premiere in 1955. That year her Christmas Message, broadcast live from her study at Sandringham, focused on the Commonwealth.

She said: ‘Great opportunities lie before us. Indeed a large part of the world looks to the Commonwealth for a lead. We have already gone far towards discovering for ourselves how different nations, from North and South, from East and West, can live together in friendly brotherhood, pooling the resources of each for the benefit of all. Every one of us can also help in this great adventure, for just as the Commonwealth is made up of different nations, so those nations are made up of individuals. The greater the enterprise the more important our personal contribution.’

£1.10 Stamp
When this official photograph was taken of the Queen in 1968, she had already visited Brazil and Chile. It was the year in which civil rights leader Martin Luther King was shot dead in Memphis and the Queen focused her Christmas broadcast from Buckingham Palace on the theme of brotherhood.
She said: ‘Christmas is a Christian festival, which celebrates the birth of the Prince of Peace. At times it is almost hidden by the merry making and tinsel, but the essential message of Christmas is still that we all belong to the great brotherhood of man. This idea is not limited to the Christian faith. Philosophers and prophets have concluded that peace is better than war, love is better than hate and that mankind can only find progress in friendship and co-operation. Many ideas are being questioned today, but these great truths will continue to shine out as the light of hope in the darkness of intolerance and inhumanity.’

HM Queen Elizabeth II - Diamond Jubilee Presentation Pack

38 Pence Stamp
Taken in 1979, the international Year of the Child, when thousands of refugees fled the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, this picture features the Queen on horseback during the Trooping of the Colour. That year she visited Tanzania, Malawi, Botswana and Zambia.
In her Christmas message she said: ‘This year people all over the world have been asked to give particular thought to the special needs of sick and handicapped children, to the hungry and homeless and to those in trouble or distress wherever they may be found. It is an unhappy coincidence that political and economic forces have made this an exceptionally difficult and tragic year for many families and children in several parts of the world – but particularly in South East Asia. The situation has created a desperately serious challenge and I am glad to know that so many people of the Commonwealth have responded with wonderful generosity and kindness.’

68 Pence Stamp
In 1982, the year of the Falklands War, the Queen undertook two Commonwealth tours – of Canada, Australia and the Pacific. She is photographed here in Tuvalu where she and Prince Philip were borne aloft in ceremonial litters. That year her Christmas message marked the 50th anniversary of the first yuletide broadcast and was filmed for the first time in the library at Windsor Castle.
She said: ‘The poet John Donne said: “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” That is the message of the Commonwealth and it is also the Christian message. Christ attached supreme importance to the individual and he amazed the world in which he lived by making it clear that the unfortunate and the underprivileged had an equal place in the Kingdom of Heaven with the rich and powerful. But he also taught that man must do his best to live in harmony with man and to love his neighbours.’

HM Queen Elizabeth II - Diamond Jubilee Single Stamps

37 Pence Stamp
This portrait was taken by photographer Terry O’Neill in 1990, the year that the Queen celebrated her mother’s 90th birthday and the christening of her youngest grandchild. But the threat of war in the Gulf dominated her Christmas message as she paid tribute to servicemen around the world.
She said: ‘I want, therefore, to say thank you today to the men and women who, day in and day out, carry on their daily life in difficult and dangerous circumstances. By just getting on with the job, they are getting the better of those who want to harm our way of life. Let us think of them this Christmas, wherever they are in the world, and pray that their resolution remains undiminished. It is they and their kind who, by resisting the bully and the tyrant, ensure that we live in the sort of world in which we can celebrate this season safely with our families.’

HM Queen Elizabeth II -Diamond Jubilee 1952 - 2012 Souvenir Sheet

£1.82 Stamp
The Queen stayed closer to home in 2008 – the year her son, Prince Charles, celebrated his 60th birthday – visiting Slovenia and Slovakia. She is photographed at the Derby at Epsom racecourse that summer, one of her favourite events of the season. That year her Christmas message was reflective.

She said: ‘In this 90th year since the end of the First World War, the last survivors recently commemorated the service and enormous sacrifice of their own generation. Their successors in theatres such as Iraq and Afghanistan are still to be found in harm’s way in the service of others. For their loved ones, the worry will never cease until they are safely home. In such times as these we can all learn some lessons from the past. We might begin to see things in a new perspective. And certainly, we begin to ask ourselves where it is that we can find lasting happiness. Over the years, those who have seemed to me to be the most happy, contented and fulfilled have always been the people who have lived the most outgoing and unselfish lives; the kind of people who are generous with their talents or their time. I think we have a huge amount to learn from individuals such as these.’

HM Queen Elizabeth II - Diamond Jubilee Sheet Set