Proof Platinum Noble Set
Struck first in 1983, the platinum Isle of Man Noble coin became the world's first platinum bullion investment coin. Proof versions of these now-discontinued platinum coins are often offered in sets containing the five smallest proof platinum coins.
Design of the Proof Platinum Noble Set
The coin's obverse (front) features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II (the Isle of Man is a British protectorate), although a slightly different portrait is used for many of the different sizes of Nobles. The Queen is surrounded by the date of issue, her name, and the words 'ISLE OF MAN'.
The reverse (back) of the coin depicts a Viking longship floating on the sea as gulls fly by. Underneath the waters sit the amount of platinum and the fineness. Below that information are words signifying the size ("QUARTER NOBLE", "FIVE NOBLE", etc.)
Proof Platinum Noble Set Coin Minting Information
The private Pobjoy Mint of England produced Isle of Man Nobles. These platinum coins are not legal tender of any nation.
Platinum Coin History
Platinum was actually used for minting coins before the Pobjoy Mint began its Noble line in 1983. Russia minted platinum roubles (in denominations of three, five, and twelve) in the first half of the 19th Century. Israel and Panama released platinum medallions beginning in 1973 and 1976, respectively. However, the Isle of Man's Noble is the first one-ounce platinum investment coin. The platinum coins of the United States, Canada and Australia all followed this remarkable coin.
DETAILED COIN INFORMATION
|COIN SIZE||PURITY||PLATINUM CONTENT||GROSS WEIGHT||DIAMETER|
|10-oz.||99.95%||311.0280g||10.0000 troy oz.||63.0mm|
|5-oz.||99.95%||155.5140g||5.0000 troy oz.||49.0mm|
|1-oz.||99.95%||31.1030g||0.9991 troy oz.||32.7mm|
|1/2-oz.||99.95%||15.5514g||0.5000 troy oz.||27.0mm|
|1/4-oz.||99.95%||7.775g||0.2500 troy oz.||22.0mm|
|1/10-oz.||99.95%||3.1100g||0.1000 troy oz.||16.5mm|
|1/20-oz.||99.95%||1.5551g||0.0500 troy oz.||13.9mm|
|Dates: Dates (Proof Issues Only): 1/20-oz. (1989); 1/10-oz. (1984-87); '-oz. (1986-1990; 1996); '-oz. (1986-89); 1-oz. (1983-88); 5- and 10-oz. (1986-88)|
† Please note that product images are for representative purposes only and do not reflect actual size.