First Day Coin Cover - 1997 Golf on Mann Ryder Cup Isle of Man PNC Cover
This First Day coin cover issued in 1997 is named Golf on Mann. It celebrates the excellent golf courses on the Isle of Man and the coveted trophy The Ryder Cup. The 1997 PNC cover features two Isle of Man uncirculated 5p pence coins both with golfing images and four Isle of Man golf stamps. The stamp cachet also houses a circular stamp showing a golf ball. Postmarked Douglas Isle of Man and dated 29th May 1997, the large cover is pre-owned.
Isle of Man Golfing Background:
The 21p stamp shows the 14th hole at Ramsey where on reaching the green you can view the famous Albert Tower that signifies the official start of the Mountain section of the TT circuit. The Ramsey venue is officially the oldest course on the island. The 25p stamp shows the drive required to negotiate the par4 15th hole on the kind Edward Bay course. Situated on a headland in the sweep of Douglas Bay this too is an old course and comprises an area of the most natural golfing conditions. The 43p stamp shows the 17th at Rowany which at one time had a unique putting surface of no less than five contours crossing the green. The Rowany Golf Club is an ideal holiday course offering the best views in the South of the Island. the 50p stamp shows the 8th hole at Castledown which was described by Henry Longhurst as being amongst his top ten holes in great Britain. An historic course, it was the venue of the first ever legendary horse race 'The Derby'.This is the first time the Isle of Man has ever released a set of golf stamps and undoubtedly of equal importance the featured circular stamp is the first one of this shape ever to be released anywhere in the British Isles. that's two 'firsts" on one cover. Postmarked on the stamp First Day of Issue this superb cover has an attractive and popular theme and enjoys a limited edition of just 5,000.