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New Military Coins from The Royal Mint
ENGRAVED IN HISTORY
New Military Coins from The Royal Mint
ENGRAVED IN HISTORY

This Elizabeth II 1954 Maundy Set is a numismatic treasure comprising four silver coins – fourpenny, threepenny, twopenny and one penny pieces – from the same year. This set is a rare collection of official Maundy pieces, traditionally presented in an undated case. The tradition of British monarchs distributing Maundy money began in 1662 during the reign of Charles II when undated hammered coins were bestowed upon recipients. These coins, purposefully minted for this ceremonial occasion, comprised a quartet of denominations: four pence, three pence, two pence and one penny. In 1670, the practice evolved into issuing dated sets featuring all four coins. 

Notably, the essence of Maundy money has remained remarkably constant since 1670, with the coins used for the Maundy ceremony continuing to be struck in 925 sterling silver. This 1954 issue showcases the youthful portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Mary Gillick on the obverse, whilst the reverse of each coin features a crowned numeral encompassed by a wreath, a design with historical roots tracing back to the reign of William III and Mary II.

Specification

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Year 1954
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Elizabeth II Maundy 1 Penny

Specification Value
Alloy .925 Sterling Silver
Weight 0.47g
Diameter 11.00mm
Obverse Designer Mary Gillick
Pure Metal Type Silver
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Elizabeth II Maundy 2 Pence

Specification Value
Alloy .925 Sterling Silver
Weight 0.94g
Diameter 13.00mm
Obverse Designer Mary Gillick
Pure Metal Type Silver
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Elizabeth II Maundy 3 Pence

Specification Value
Alloy .925 Sterling Silver
Weight 1.41g
Diameter 16.00mm
Obverse Designer Mary Gillick
Pure Metal Type Silver
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Elizabeth II Maundy 4 Pence

Specification Value
Alloy .925 Sterling Silver
Weight 1.89g
Diameter 18.00mm
Obverse Designer Mary Gillick
Pure Metal Type Silver
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