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Coin - Twopence, William III, England, Great Britain, 1698 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 25882

Summary:
Silver coin; Denomination: Twopence, Maundy
Royal Mint, London
William III (1694-1702)

Struck in 1698 for the Maundy Thursday ceremonies of William III. It was, and remains, the practice that on the day before Good Friday the monach would give gifts to selected poor people. The number of people and the size of the gift is governed by the age of the King or Queen, if, for example, the King is twenty years old then twenty people would recieve twenty pence. Maundy coins, as they are called, come in denominations of four, three, two and one penny. The four denominations with the same date is called a Maundy Set.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 15 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 1.031 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: maundy money
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Great Britain - England
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: English
DateEra: 1698 AD
Denomination: Twopence
Obverse Description: Laureate bust of the King facing right; around, GVLIELMVS III DEI GRA
Reverse Description: Crowned small numeral 2; around, MAG BR FRA ET HIB REX 1698, the date being divided by the crown
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: King William III, London, England, Great Britain
Mint: Royal Mint, London
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Philip Skingley - Spink & Sons Ltd., Coins of England and the United Kingdom, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 2007, Seaby 3551 A Pages

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