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  • The Royal Mint has unveiled His Majesty King Charles III’s official Maundy Money.
  • This year will be King Charles III first official Royal Maundy Ceremony as King, the ceremony will take place at York Minster.
  • The Maundy Ceremony will see 74 men and 74 women receive Maundy coins produced by The Royal Mint, given by the King, signifying the number of years he has been alive.

For the first time, King Charles III’s official portrait which feature on Maundy coin denominations.

The Royal Mint, official maker of UK coins, has today unveiled His Majesty King Charles III’s official Maundy Money as he embarks on his first official Royal Maundy ceremony, held at York Minster, after representing Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the 2022 service.

Continuing with long-standing tradition, 74 men and 74 women will receive coins from the King, signifying the age of the monarch. The practice of relating the number of recipients of Maundy coins to the sovereign’s age began with Henry IV. The custom has been upheld by the sovereign since. For the 2022 Maundy Ceremony, Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II gifted Maundy Money to 96 men and 96 women with King Charles III, then the Prince of Wales, distributing them on her behalf.

Each person received two purses, one purse is made from white leather, holding coins to the value in pence of King Charles III’s age. The other purse is made from red leather, containing a £5 and 50p. These are the first Maundy coins of the King’s reign.

The Royal Maundy ceremony is held on the Thursday before Easter and drew inspiration from Jesus Christ and the commandment he gave after washing his disciples’ feet. This commandment or ‘mandatum’ meant that by the fourth century monarchs would wash the feet of the poor and hand out gifts of food and clothing.

Each year The Royal Mint produces a limited number of Maundy coins for distribution by the monarch. The silver one, two, three and four pence coins are all legal tender, but are not intended for everyday use. Maundy Money is only ever used on Maundy Thursday when it is given by the monarch to the selected group of men and women. This is the first time King Charles III will feature on Maundy coins, with them showcasing a portrait of Her Late Majesty the Queen, sculpted by Mary Gillick, and first seen on coins issued in her Coronation year, 1953.  


Chris Barker, Information and Research Manager at The Royal Mint Museum said: “The custom of using Maundy Money specially struck by The Royal Mint started in 1662 in the reign of Charles II. The coins included a four penny, three penny, two penny and one penny piece. By 1670, the King started giving out a dated set of all four coins.

The tradition of the King or Queen washing the feet of the poor faded out in the eighteenth century, but they still gave people food and clothing. By the nineteenth century, the tradition had changed again, and the monarch simply gave people Maundy Money.”

Rebecca Morgan, Director of Collector Services at The Royal Mint said: “The Royal Mint has struck every single coin, known as Maundy Money, for each ceremony since the reign of Charles II. Following Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s death, this year’s Maundy coins will see His Majesty King Charles III’s official coin portrait appear on them for the very first time. This will the first time King Charles III will be issuing his own Maundy Money marking a significant moment in history.

As well as a continuation of a long-standing tradition associated with the monarchy, this year’s Maundy Money symbolises the United Kingdom’s change in monarchy, and we are delighted to be a part of this occasion.”

Historic Maundy coins dating from 1786 to 1996 are available to purchase via The Royal Mint website - Maundy Money.  These coins would have initially been gifted as part of a Maundy ceremony, making them extremely unique and rare.




About The Royal Mint

With a history spanning more than 1,100 years, The Royal Mint is Britain’s oldest companies and the original maker of UK coins.  Today The Royal Mint is a premium British maker, providing carefully crafted coins and precious metal products for the UK and overseas.  Based in Llantrisant, South Wales it has three main focuses as a business: Currency, Consumer (collectable and rare, historic coins) and precious metals investment.

Collecting with The Royal Mint

Every coin tells a story, from a rare gold Sovereign to a Peter Rabbit™ 50p coin. The Royal Mint aims to inspire collectors young and old and nurture a love of collecting through unique designs and popular themes. As the maker of UK coinage, we have unparalleled knowledge about coins, from the historic coins of our past, through to the collectable commemorative coins of today.  Sourcing and authenticating pre decimal coins is a natural fit for The Royal Mint as we struck each one.

Investing with The Royal Mint

As a world authority on precious metals, The Royal Mint has traded and made products in gold and silver for centuries. Since launching its designated precious metals investment arm six years ago, The Royal Mint has grown rapidly to become the home of gold in the UK – increasing its market share and becoming the largest producer of bullion coins in Britain. As well as offering physical precious metal investment options in the form of bars and coins, The Royal Mint also offers a range of digital investment options including DigiGold, Little Treasures, designed for children, and Gold for Pensions

Celebrating with The Royal Mint

For over a thousand years The Royal Mint has marked the moments that changed the world on coins - from coronations to conflict, from commemorations to celebrations. The designs are captured on commemorative coins, minted in a range of metals.  Commemorative coins do not always enter circulation but give collectors the chance to purchase coins to keep and cherish.  Recent themes have included David Bowie, Winnie the Pooh, Decimalisation and Team GB. Each commemorative coin is carefully struck up to three times in order to create a superbly detailed finish, and ensuring each one meets the standards The Royal Mint is famous for. 

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The Royal Mint opened its popular visitor centre, The Royal Mint Experience, at its home in Llantrisant, South Wales in 2016. Since opening the award-winning attraction has welcomed around 400,000 visitors through its doors and is the place to explore the 1,100-year history of coins.


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