This coin was the first issue of what has become the Isle of Man Cat Coins Series, first issued in 1988. The tailless cat has become a symbol for its homeland, the Isle of Man, and was a natural choice for the first coin of this extremely popular series. The origins of this native Manx cat are steeped in mystery – biblical references abound, as do tales of ship-wrecked felines swimming ashore from Spanish Galleons. Shy but friendly, clever and endearing, the Manx cat has a personality all of its own, as does its coin. This beautiful uncirculated cat crown from the Isle of Man Cat Coins Series makes a unique gift idea that will please the most discriminating cat lover and has become a favorite of collectors of world coins with animal themes.