Obverse Inscription - GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA 1820 - GEORGE III BY THE GRACE OF GOD
Reverse Inscription - BRITANNIRUM REX FID: DEF: - BRITANNIA KING AND DEFENDER OF THE FAITH
More Informaton About George III Maundy Two Pence's
Maundy Money is given by the British Monarch every year on Maunday
Thursday to the poor or nowadays elderly. It is a long charitable
tradition dating back to the middle ages. The money is currently given
in sets which have a face value of Ten Pence which is not a lot but the
coins are struck in silver. It is custom to give the same amount in
Pence to the same number of both women and men as the Reigning Monarchs
age in years this means that most often loose coins are given as well.
If the Monarch is 75 years old then 75 women and 75 men would receive
75 silver Pence each in the form of 7 sets with 10 Pence of coins in
each and 5 Pence worth of loose silver coin. The face value of these
coins are worth significantly less than the intrinsic value of the
silver and the collectable value of the sets is worth more still.
George III Maundy Two Pence
In keeping with the tradition of alternating the direction the
portraits face between Monarchs George's portrait faces right. George
III portrait was engraved by Benedetto Pistrucci. It
depicts George III wearing a
Laureate (A Crown of leafs).
The reverse device also engraved by Benedetto Pistrucci is of
a Crowned 2 with the inscription running around the outside of the coin.
Maunday Coins are alms given to the poor or nowadays elderly on a annual basis by the Monarch.