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Coin: Fourpence 1973 (Maundy)
Description

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.

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.

This fourpence coin was distributed by Queen Elizabeth II (together with a one penny coin, a twopence and a threepence) at the 1973 Maundy ceremony which was held at Westminster Abbey.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling
Face value4 (x Penny) TypeMaundy Fourpence (Decimal)
Year1973 CurrentYes
Mintage1,098 (1098)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 1,098 (1098)
Material0.925 Silver DesignerJean Baptise Merlen
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)18 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)1.8900
Obverse

Laureate young bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "First Portrait"); the designer's initials, M.G. (for Mary Gillick) are incuse on the base of the neck truncation.

The monarch's legend runs continuously all around the bust: ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D : +. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D : +
Reverse

Within an open oak wreath, the numeral 4 representing the denomination of 4 pence; the number is below a crown and divides the date: 1973.

Reverse inscription4 1973
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Fourpence 1973 (Maundy): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 902
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4212
Fourpence 1973 (Maundy): References to Information Used
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List of all (48) coins of type: United Kingdom / Maundy Fourpence (Decimal)
Fourpence 1971 (Maundy) Fourpence 1972 (Maundy) Fourpence 1973 (Maundy) Fourpence 1974 (Maundy) Fourpence 1975 (Maundy) Fourpence 1976 (Maundy)
Fourpence 1977 (Maundy) Fourpence 1978 (Maundy) Fourpence 1979 (Maundy) Fourpence 1980 (Maundy) Fourpence 1981 (Maundy) Fourpence 1982 (Maundy)
Fourpence 1983 (Maundy) Fourpence 1984 (Maundy) Fourpence 1985 (Maundy) Fourpence 1986 (Maundy) Fourpence 1987 (Maundy) Fourpence 1988 (Maundy)
Fourpence 1989 (Maundy) Fourpence 1990 (Maundy) Fourpence 1991 (Maundy) Fourpence 1992 (Maundy) Fourpence 1993 (Maundy) Fourpence 1994 (Maundy)
Fourpence 1995 (Maundy) Fourpence 1996 (Maundy) Fourpence 1997 (Maundy) Fourpence 1998 (Maundy) Fourpence 1999 (Maundy) Fourpence 2000 (Maundy)
Fourpence 2001 (Maundy) Fourpence 2002 (Maundy) Fourpence 2003 (Maundy) Fourpence 2004 (Maundy) Fourpence 2005 (Maundy) Fourpence 2006 (Maundy)
Fourpence 2007 (Maundy) Fourpence 2008 (Maundy) Fourpence 2009 (Maundy) Fourpence 2010 (Maundy) Fourpence 2011 (Maundy) Fourpence 2012 (Maundy)
Fourpence 2013 (Maundy) Fourpence 2014 (Maundy) Fourpence 2015 (Maundy) Fourpence 2016 (Maundy) Fourpence 2017 (Maundy) Fourpence 2018 (Maundy)