There exists a series of British coins you may have never heard about, most probably have never seen, and almost certainly will never have held in your own hands. They belong to a tradition that dates back over 1,000 years and they are produced for the personal use of the British monarch. The coins we speak of are known as The Royal Maundy.
A coinage for the personal use of Her Majesty the Queen
For well over six centuries each year on Easter Thursday the reigning King or Queen has taken part in a ceremony in which gifts of money are handed out to deserving members of the community. Our own Queen, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II does this in person, as did her father King George VI, a practice revived after a period of over 200 years by King George V in 1932.
These coins are rare – not just because few recipients of them ever want to part with them – but also because fewer than 200 people receive the coins in any one year. While each person may receive more than one set of Maundy coins, this still means there are usually well below 2,000 of any one set. These low mintages rank the Royal Maundy coins as among the rarest of all British coin series’.
An exceptional series in the history of British coinage
There are many reasons that make the Royal Maundy coinage exceptional in British coinage history. Firstly, no other series of coins has been struck as continuously. The Royal Maundy coins have been struck without missing a single year, since 1822. No other British coin can come close to that length of continuous minting, and it is likely there is no other series of coins in the world that has delivered such continuous service.
Secondly, these coins are still being minted to the same size and specification as they have been for hundreds of years. Not even the changeover to decimal currency, when all other coins were changed radically, changed the Royal Maundy. This is, after all, a coinage for the personal useof the British monarch and not something to be tampered with.
The Queen Elizabeth II Maundy Set, first in The Royal Maundy Collection
The Queen Elizabeth II Maundy Set is the first in The Royal Maundy Collection. Maundy coins
bearing the Queen Elizabeth II image have been struck in every year since her Coronation in 1953 and uniquely, still bear the ‘young portrait’ effigy designed by Mary Gillick. They are the only British legal tender coins which still feature the original Coronation effigy.
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I would emphasise at this point that these coins are originals for the personal use of Queen Elizabeth II, and not reproductions or restrikes in any way. There are only a limited number of these sets available and interest will be high – I would therefore urge you to respond promptly. Each of the six remaining Maundy Money sets will be sent to you monthly for the preferential collector price of only £495. You can stop collecting at any time. To order, visit our website HERE or best of all, call our free customer care line on 0808 178 2372 for more information, or to place your order.
Happy Easter & Happy Maundy Thursday from all of the team at The London Mint Office
Source: London Mint Office