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Maundy Money

The History of Maundy Money


Inspired by the acts of Jesus in the Bible, Royal Families, since the thirteenth century, have washed the feet of the poor to show humility and compassion on the Thursday before Good Friday. This tradition was changed by Henry IV to the act of giving gifts. He also decreed that the number of gifts would equal the monarchs age, hereby inaugurating the Royal Maundy on Maundy Thursday. By the time of Charles II he changed the tradition again by giving the poor money, special hammered undated coins to commemorate the occasion in 1662. The coins were 4d (four pence or groat) down to 1d (one penny). By 1670 the King started to give out a dated set of all four coins, plus the washing of feet and the giving of clothing and food.


By the eighteenth century the foot washing had died out, but the Royals still gave coins, food and clothes. In the nineteenth century the ceremony was simplified to just the coins and this continues to the present day with Elizabeth II now giving to the elderly of note. The number of recipients equals that of the monarch's age.


The coins are always silver, but the makeup of these coins has varied across the ages, especially during periods of debasement. Following the coinage act in 1971 the use of sterling silver resumed  and the face value was raised by the introduction of new pence with decimalisation.

Charles II, Set of Maundy 1d, 2d, 3d & 4d Dated 1676


S3392. One of the first Maundy Money Sets.
For sale on eBay until 15.4.18, 
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William & Mary, 1689, Silver Maundy Money, Full Set, RARELY SEEN TOGETHER PLUS ERROR 1d!! 


Various Grades Full set of 1689 4,3,2,& 1d coins.  Please ask for further information.


 £600 SOLD

George II Maundy 2d (two pence) 1756


Dark toning, very fine.



£60 (+P&P)

George II 1d (penny) 1758


Good grade, VF+



£50 (+P&P)

George II 3d (three pence) 1739


Lovely portrait, slight ripple and knock to edge, otherwise VF+



£80 (+P&P)

George III Silver 1d (one penny) 1795


Early coinage. Older bust. Ex Spink with ticket.

Excellent grade, EF


£50 (+P&P)

George III Maundy Silver 3d (Threepence) 1763





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