The Atlantic Herring is the most abundant species of fish in the world, and the Herring fishery was of great economic importance to the Isle of Man. When John Feltham toured the island in 1797-8, he referred to Herring as the staple commodity of the island.
In 1980, the previous herring half-penny was replaced with this more stylized design. The Celtic-looking portion of the design probably represents fishing nets. This coin was minted until 1983.
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