The 1977 Maundy set in presentation box, with each demonination featuring the Elizabeth II Laureate Head Young Portrait, designed by Mary Gillick.
The 1977 Maundy Set coincided with the silver jubilee year, marking 25 years of Queen Elizabeth II reign and was given by HM The Queen at Westminster Abbey.
As shown, the coins are in uncirculated/ fleur de coin condition. The 1d and 2d coins show attractive silver toning.
In Britain, the tradition of giving silver coins to the poor is said to have originated with St. Augustine in AD 597 at Canterbury, and been performed by the monarch since the days of Edward II. Originally the recipients were all of the same sex as the monarch, but at some stage this was extended to both sexes. Samuel Pepys commented in 1667 "but the King (Charles II) did not wash the poor people's feet himself, but the Bishop of London did it for him." James II is said to have been the last British monarch to have performed this act personally. The washing of the feet was abandoned in the 18th century.
Modern Maundy sets consist of four coins, penny, twopence, threepence, and fourpence, but in the days of Edward II, only silver pennies would have been distributed, even though fourpences known as groats would have been available. The other two denominations were not introduced until later, 1551 in the case of the threepence, and 1660 for the twopence. It was possibly in 1667 that all four denominations were given for the first time.
The Obverse of each demonination features the laureate head, young portrait of Elizabeth II by Mary Gillick.
The Reverse of the 1977 Maundy Set shows the figure of the denomination with a a crown above and surrounded by a wreath.
|Silver Weight Troy Ounces||0.151|
|Fineness / Carat||0.925 Sterling|
|Obverse Designer||Mary Gillick|
|Reverse Designer||Jean Baptiste Merlen|
|Issuing Monarch||Elizabeth II (1952 - Date)|
|Mint / Brand||The Royal Mint|
|25 April 2020||aFDC||aFDC||£206.23|
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