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Coin: Threepence 1980 (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 threepence coin was distributed by Queen Elizabeth II (together with a one penny coin, a twopence and a fourpence) at the 1980 Maundy ceremony which was held at Worcester Cathedral.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling
Face value3 (x Penny) TypeMaundy Threepence (Decimal)
Year1980 CurrentYes
Mintage1,198 (1198)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 1,198 (1198)
MaterialSilver DesignerJean Baptise Merlen
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)16.2600 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)1.4100
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 3 representing the denomination of threepence; the number is below a crown and divides the date: 1980.

Reverse inscription3 1980
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Threepence 1980 (Maundy): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 901
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4213
Threepence 1980 (Maundy): References to Information Used
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Royal Mint 2016 Mint link
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Royal Mint 2016 History link
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List of all (48) coins of type: United Kingdom / Maundy Threepence (Decimal)
Threepence 1971 (Maundy) Threepence 1972 (Maundy) Threepence 1973 (Maundy) Threepence 1974 (Maundy) Threepence 1975 (Maundy) Threepence 1976 (Maundy)
Threepence 1977 (Maundy) Threepence 1978 (Maundy) Threepence 1979 (Maundy) Threepence 1980 (Maundy) Threepence 1981 (Maundy) Threepence 1982 (Maundy)
Threepence 1983 (Maundy) Threepence 1984 (Maundy) Threepence 1985 (Maundy) Threepence 1986 (Maundy) Threepence 1987 (Maundy) Threepence 1988 (Maundy)
Threepence 1989 (Maundy) Threepence 1990 (Maundy) Threepence 1991 (Maundy) Threepence 1992 (Maundy) Threepence 1993 (Maundy) Threepence 1994 (Maundy)
Threepence 1995 (Maundy) Threepence 1996 (Maundy) Threepence 1997 (Maundy) Threepence 1998 (Maundy) Threepence 1999 (Maundy) Threepence 2000 (Maundy)
Threepence 2001 (Maundy) Threepence 2002 (Maundy) Threepence 2003 (Maundy) Threepence 2004 (Maundy) Threepence 2005 (Maundy) Threepence 2006 (Maundy)
Threepence 2007 (Maundy) Threepence 2008 (Maundy) Threepence 2009 (Maundy) Threepence 2010 (Maundy) Threepence 2011 (Maundy) Threepence 2012 (Maundy)
Threepence 2013 (Maundy) Threepence 2014 (Maundy) Threepence 2015 (Maundy) Threepence 2016 (Maundy) Threepence 2017 (Maundy) Threepence 2018 (Maundy)