This is a 1992 Maundy Money set. This set of four silver maundy coins was presented by Queen Elizabeth II on Maundy Thursday (16th April 1992) at Chester Cathedral.
Only 1424 of the sets were issued. The set contains a 4d ,3d, 2d and 1d, with the coins struck in 0.925 sterling silver.
Christ washed the feet of his disciples before the Last Supper as a demonstration of humility. He also gave them a new commandment, that they should love one another. This tradition was continued by his followers, and is still practised by the modern day Pope on the day before Good Friday. It has also been practised by a number of monarchs, lords, and religious leaders, often in conjunction with a distribution of alms in the form of food and drink (dole), cloth, and money.
The latin for commandment is mandatum, and it is from this that the word maundy is derived. The Thursday before Good Friday is now known as Maundy Thursday, although it has also been known as Shire Thursday.
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.
The obverse was designed by Mary Gillick and was the first coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
The reverse of the coins shows crowned numbers. The denominations include the fourpence, threepence, twopence and penny.
|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|
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