1958 UK - Maundy Money Silver Coin Set with Original Box

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This 1958 silver Maundy Set includes a Fourpence, Threepence, Twopence and Penny and comes with the original box.

Minted to a proof-like standard using .925 silver, only 1,100 Maundy Money sets were minted in 1958.

Obverse:

The obverse of each coin shows the laureate young bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right - her effigy known as the "First Portrait".

The designer's initials, M.G. (for Mary Gillick) appear incuse on the base of the neck truncation.

The monarch's legend runs continuously all around the bust: + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

Reverse:

Within an open oak wreath, the numeral value 3 [pence].

Above the value, St Edward's Crown. Named after Saint Edward the Confessor, it has been traditionally used to crown English and British monarchs at their coronations since the 13th century (with a two-century gap between 1689 and 1911).

Divided by the value, the date of issue: 1958.
The coins are starting to develop a beautiful tone to them.

Images have been provided of each coin using to demonstrate their condition as best as possible.

Maundy money refers to the coins given to elderly people by the monarch in a ceremony that drew inspiration from Jesus Christ and the commandment he gave after washing the disciples feet. This commandment, or ‘mandatum’, ‘that ye love one another’ (John XIII 34) meant that by the fourth century monarchs would wash the feet of the poor and hand out gifts of food and clothing.

The giving of coins in Maundy ceremonies can be dated to King John in 1213 but becomes more regularly observed in later reigns. Henry IV (1399–1413) begins the practice of relating the number of recipients of gifts to the monarch’s age, and as it became the custom of the monarch to perform the ceremony, the event became known as the Royal Maundy.

The Maundy ceremony as we know it today first took place in in the reign of Charles II, when the king gave people undated hammered coins in 1662. The specially struck coins were a four penny, three penny, two penny and one penny piece.

They were dated from 1670 and all four coins have changed very little since. Today’s Royal Maundy ceremony takes place every Maundy Thursday and there are as many recipients as there are years in the sovereign’s age.

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