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Coin: Twopence 1996 (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 twopence coin was distributed by Queen Elizabeth II (together with a one penny coin, a threepence and a fourpence) at the 1996 Maundy ceremony which was held at Norwich Cathedral.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling
Face value2 (x Penny) TypeMaundy Twopence (Decimal)
Year1996 CurrentYes
Mintage1,629 (1629)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 1,629 (1629)
Material0.925 Silver DesignerJean Baptise Merlen
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)13.4400 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)0.9400
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 2 representing the denomination of twopence; the number is below a crown and divides the date: 1996.

Reverse inscription2 1996
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Twopence 1996 (Maundy): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 899
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4214
Twopence 1996 (Maundy): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Royal Mint 2016 Mint link
Royal Mint 2016 Mintage link
Royal Mint 2016 History link
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List of all (48) coins of type: United Kingdom / Maundy Twopence (Decimal)
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Twopence 1977 (Maundy) Twopence 1978 (Maundy) Twopence 1979 (Maundy) Twopence 1980 (Maundy) Twopence 1981 (Maundy) Twopence 1982 (Maundy)
Twopence 1983 (Maundy) Twopence 1984 (Maundy) Twopence 1985 (Maundy) Twopence 1986 (Maundy) Twopence 1987 (Maundy) Twopence 1988 (Maundy)
Twopence 1989 (Maundy) Twopence 1990 (Maundy) Twopence 1991 (Maundy) Twopence 1992 (Maundy) Twopence 1993 (Maundy) Twopence 1994 (Maundy)
Twopence 1995 (Maundy) Twopence 1996 (Maundy) Twopence 1997 (Maundy) Twopence 1998 (Maundy) Twopence 1999 (Maundy) Twopence 2000 (Maundy)
Twopence 2001 (Maundy) Twopence 2002 (Maundy) Twopence 2003 (Maundy) Twopence 2004 (Maundy) Twopence 2005 (Maundy) Twopence 2006 (Maundy)
Twopence 2007 (Maundy) Twopence 2008 (Maundy) Twopence 2009 (Maundy) Twopence 2010 (Maundy) Twopence 2011 (Maundy) Twopence 2012 (Maundy)
Twopence 2013 (Maundy) Twopence 2014 (Maundy) Twopence 2015 (Maundy) Twopence 2016 (Maundy) Twopence 2017 (Maundy) Twopence 2018 (Maundy)