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British Maundy Thursday silver coin set King George VI 1941

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edited June 12, 2023 4:10PM in World & Ancient Coins Forum

I have wanted a Great Britain Maundy coin set since I was a kid and finally got this one from 1941.

Maundy Thursday is the day before Good Friday and three days before Easter. In 1941 Maundy Thursday was on April 10, 1941.

The practice of English kings handing out money to poor people on Maundy Thursday was started by King John (reigned 1199 to 1216) and was made official by Charles II (reigned 1660 to 1685).

The specially struck coins are silver 1, 2, 3, and four pence coins. They were originally struck in sterling silver but from 1920 to 1970 were struck in 50% silver.

The Royal Maundy ceremony takes place every Maundy Thursday at London's Westminster Abbey with the recipients selected by church officials.

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Great Britain Maundy Coin Set 1941 - 1 Pence
Silver, 11 mm, 0.47 gm

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Great Britain Maundy Coin Set 1941 - 2 Pence
Silver, 13 mm, 0.94 gm

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Great Britain Maundy Coin Set 1941 - 3 Pence
Silver, 16 mm, 1.41 gm

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Great Britain Maundy Coin Set 1941 - 4 Pence
Silver, 18 mm, 1.89 gm

The British Pathe film "King & Queen At Maundy Service" (1950, 4-1/2 minutes) is on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv_kFVx7d_U

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British Pathe film - King & Queen At Maundy Service (1950) - Arrival

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British Pathe film - King & Queen At Maundy Service (1950) - The coins
Nice bright and shiny coins

:)

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