£2 coin celebrates ancient Manx Christmas tradition
An iconic Manx Christmas tradition is being celebrated on a coin this festive season.
The Isle of Man Post Office is releasing a £2 "Hunt the Wren" coin.
The coin depicts the well-known custom which is carried out every St Stephen's Day (26th).
Originally the wren were hunted down, killed, and fastened to a pole, their feathers thought to ward off evil in the coming year . . but nowadays a groups travel around singing a traditional song and dancing around a decorated wren pole using an imitation bird.
It coins are also available in a special limited edition of 1000 beautiful Christmas Cards featuring imagery taken from the Manx Folk Traditions stamp collection complete with a ‘Hunt the Wren’ stamp, first day of issue unique postmark and a 2018 Hunt the Wren £2 Coin.
All products can be purchased at www.iompost.com.