Mike 's Blog

22 Oct 2019

What Is Maundy Money?

Coins-World | Mike

Hi everyone. How many of you have heard of Maundy Money. I bet not allot. The four coins given by the Monarchy had its sort of begging back in 1210. I love The British and there records. On April 15,1210John Monarch of England donated garments,forks,food and other gifts to the poor. This was done at Knaresborough Yorkshire. He also gave gifts of small silver coins. He gave 13 pence to 13 poor men. As times changed the meaning and what was given changed. It is a religious ceremony that has to do with Holy Thursday in the Anglican Church. The church of England.
It's called Maundy Thursday because Maundy is derived from the Latin word and Maundatum. I pulled that out of four years of Latin. Now this means commandent. The day is called Maundy Thursday because Jesus commands his disciples that they love and serve one another. Now the religious aspect of all of this goes to the washing of the feet.. It's called the Queens Maundy Money and are legal tender. Every year once the set of four had their design the Monarch would give these four coins to the poor. Once in a while the children helped. The denominations are one penny,two pence,three pence,and four pence. . They were given in a small pouch.
Now some kept them as a set and some spent them if they had to. Now the remarkable thing of this is that is was started in 1210. And this practice continues today. Now The set below please enlarge the pictures the pence is the size of the nail on your pinky. So for each year since 1210 the Monarchy has given this small but meaningful gift to the poor. Now they come in casses. If course the older they are the more value to them if you have The set. That's hard. Not today.I have a MS set going back to King George the III. The problem two have different dates.
The set below is a proof set. Now you will see the grades and some black marks. I searched to find out what the were some type of Patina. It's not dirt and The grades show that. Now I could of written pages on the religious meaning and the Last Supper but I wanted to get to the coins. To find these in proof a set today is not that hard. Going back in the years is very hard. The coins has the Monarch on the obverse and the reverse show the amount of the coin and a Crown. This was my first proof set. Now I would suggest you research these. There very interesting and collectable. That and the whole.story is very interesting. I hope you enjoyed this little bit of history concerning these coins.. It took allot for me to right but I managed to post it. Enjoy . The Monarch on these is George the VI. Thanks Mike

P. S The mintages of these coins are very low..



Level 5

These are really cool. Earlier this year I offered free coin pictures to the members of my coin club and one of the members brought me a set of Mature Bust Queen Victoria maundy coins for me to photograph. I photographed them all in their plush violet box. All of them had original surfaces and were nicely toned. They were absolutely beautiful!


Level 6

Cool coins! You always give us the best history lessons! Thanks!


Level 4

I am learning Latin in my homeschool classes. I also amo your blogs Mike B, tu quoque, Mookie?


Level 6

Great blogs. Maundy coins are very interesting.

The MoKe

Level 6

Amo, Amas, Amat, those were the only things in Latin that my Dad remembered from his school days. But I think it is appropriate because I AMO your blog and all the interesting history. Keep them coming my Friend and thanks for all you do to make the ANA blog a more interesting place.


Level 6

Great blog Mike. Dang, these are almost new issue compared to your Tokens. Good job with the Latin. My mom took Latin in college. She used to say this poem, no doubt from her class, "Latin is a dead language. As dead as dead can be. It killed the ancient Romans and know it is killing me." You just proved her wrong. Thanks, I also suggest members research these Maundy coins as well. Very interesting. Good to read a blog from you again. Thanks

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