Maundy Money is one of many ancient traditions The Royal Mint is proud to be a part of. It is a Christian tradition that involves giving special coins to people who have done good work for their Church and community
It seems to have been the custom as early as the thirteenth century for members of the royal family to take part in Maundy ceremonies. They would distribute gifts of food and clothing, and wash the feet of the poor in tribute to the incident in the New Testament where Jesus washes Peter’s feet.
Fortunately for our current Queen, the act of washing the feet of the poor was discontinued in the eighteenth century! In the nineteenth century further change saw the gifts of food and clothing being replaced by money.
This year, the Queen will be giving Maundy Money on her Diamond Jubilee year which makes these already very collectable coins even more special! They will even include the Diamond Jubilee Crown, a special coin minted just for this year.
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.
The effigy of The Queen on ordinary circulating coinage has undergone three changes, but Maundy coins still bear the same portrait of Her Majesty prepared by Mary Gillick for the first coins issued in the year of her coronation in 1953.
When decimal currency was introduced in 1971 the value of the coins changed from 10d to 10p but it was decided that the effigy that had been prepared for use on decimal coins would not be applied to Maundy money.
You can read more about Maundy money on The Royal Mint website
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Although you may not receive Maundy Money yourself, you can still commemorate the Diamond Jubilee year with a coin from the Royal Mint