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Coin: Twopence 1950 (Maundy)
Description

There were two forms of twopence, the currency issue (with a duller surface), and a special piece (like this one) for the Maundy Thursday ceremonies - both with numeral 2 on the reverse but the Maundy issues have a proof-like finish. The currency coin was issued only in six years though: 1817, 1818, 1820, 1838, 1843 and 1848.

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.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value2 (x Penny) TypeMaundy Twopence (Sterling silver)
Year1950 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage1,405 (1405)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Royal Mint 1,405 (1405) No mint mark
Material0.925 silver DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
MonarchKing George VI EffigyPortrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)13 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)0.9400
Obverse

Bare head of King George VI facing left; below neck in small letters, HP (for Thomas Humphrey Paget); around, GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX FIDEI DEF.

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX FIDEI DEF
Reverse

At centre within an open oak wreath; the numeral 2; above, crown; the numeral dividing the date 1950.

Reverse inscription

2 1950

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Twopence 1950 (Maundy): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 871
Spink/Seaby, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4099
Twopence 1950 (Maundy): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Whitman, Guidebook of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 1962 Mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Royal Mint 2016 History link
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