George III Silver Penny Early Coinage, Maundy Money, 1800

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Product Code:23020534

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Description

Denomination: Silver penny (1d). Maundy money

Period: Hanoverian

Date: 1800

Origin: Royal Mint. London

Condition: VF

Obverse: Laureate and draped young bust. right. legend around

Reverse: Crowned denominational 1. legend around and date below

Size and Weight: 12mm. 0.47g

References: Spink 3759

Features and Provenance: The reign of George III was to be the longest. at the time. of any British monarch and saw such notable events as: the French Revolution. the American War of Independence. and the Battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo. George became king in 1760 at the age of 22. A pious man. he loathed corruption and sought. maybe rather naively. to rid the court and government of ‘bad men’. He later admitted defeat and concluded ‘We must call in bad men to govern bad men!’. His lapses into insanity in later life have now been attributed to porphyria. an imbalance in the body that poisons the nervous system. His last ten years were particularly sad. spending them isolated in a set of rooms in Windsor Castle. He died at the age of 82. in 1820. having been a much loved monarch by the people. if not his governments.

Maundy money was first given as arms for the poor in lieu of food and clothing and was given by the monarch’s official; the recipient then got this every year for life. Later. it was suggested that the monarch themselves gave out these coins. Nowadays. the coinage is given for good works in the community and recipients are chosen every year. The denominations are in 4. 3. 2 and 1 penny pieces and are given to the value of the monarch’s age in pennies.

 

 

Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear. all parts of legend etc present. visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief. all parts of legend etc present. but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible

 

 

 

 

 

Additional information

Weight50 g

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