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Coin: Threepence 1953 (Maundy)

There were two forms of threepence, the currency issue and a special piece (like this one) for the Maundy Thursday ceremonies. Before 1937, both had the same design featuring the crowned numeral 3 on the reverse and were only distinguished by the proof-like finish of the Maundy issues. Starting in 1937, currency issues (listed on this site in the circulating coins section) had a distinctive new design while Maundy coinage retains the same reverse design to this day.

Maundy coins are specially minted in varying (but always small) mintage for ceremonial purposes and not intended as circulating currency. They are handed by the British monarch in person to selected deserving individuals once every year. They are issued in "prooflike" condition and usually remain in it, especially the more recent ones.

The Royal Maundy is an ancient ceremony which has its origin in the commandment Christ gave after washing the feet of his disciples on the day before Good Friday.

The commandment (also known as a 'mandatum' from which the word Maundy is derived) ‘that ye love one another’ (John XIII 34) is still recalled regularly by Christian churches throughout the world. The ceremony of washing the feet of the poor which was accompanied by gifts of food and clothing can be traced back to the fourth century.

It seems to have been the custom as early as the thirteenth century for members of the royal family to take part in Maundy ceremonies, to distribute money and gifts, and to recall Christ's simple act of humility by washing the feet of the poor.

Henry IV began the practice of relating the number of recipients of gifts to the sovereign's age, and as it became the custom of the sovereign to perform the ceremony, the event became known as the Royal Maundy.

Maundy money has remained in much the same form since 1670, and the coins used for the Maundy ceremony have traditionally been struck in sterling silver, save for the brief interruptions of Henry VIII’s debasement of the coinage and the general change to 50% silver coins in 1920.

The sterling silver standard (92.5%) was resumed following the Coinage Act of 1946.

The 1953 Maundy ceremony was at St Paul's Cathedral.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value3 (x Penny) TypeMaundy Threepence (Sterling silver)
Year1953 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage1,078 (1078)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 1,078 (1078)
Material0.925 silver DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)16 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)1.4100

Laureate bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right ("First Portrait" Mary Gillick); around, + ELIZABETH II DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REGINA F: D:.

Obverse inscription + ELIZABETH II DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REGINA F: D:

Within an open oak wreath, the numeral 3 below a crown and dividing the date 1953.

Reverse inscription3 1953
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Threepence 1953 (Maundy): Known varieties
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Threepence 1953 (Maundy): Photos
Threepence 1953 (Maundy): Photo Great Britain 1953 3 pence KM-887
Great Britain 1953 3 pence KM-887
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Threepence 1953 (Maundy): Photo Great Britain 1953 3 pence KM-887
Great Britain 1953 3 pence KM-887
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Notes: Proof.
Threepence 1953 (Maundy): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 887
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4128
Threepence 1953 (Maundy): References to Information Used
Royal Mint 2016 Mint link
Royal Mint 2016 Mintage link
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Proofs
Royal Mint 2016 History link
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