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2020 Maundy Money Ceremony Cancelled

 
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 Posted 04/09/2020  6:05 pm Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
One of the casualties of the Coronavirus pandemic was the 2020 distribution of the Royal Maundy. The recipients have received their coins by post.



It's the first recorded instance of this ceremony being cancelled. Even during World War II, the Maundy Money was distributed.

For those unfamiliar with Maundy Money, it consists of sets of silver coins valued at 1, 2, 3 and 4 pence that are minted especially for this ceremony. The monarch gives a sum of pence equivalent to the years of his / her age to a total number of men and women (traditionally poor and deserving) also equivalent to the monarch's age. So this year 94 men and 94 women each received 94 pence in Maundy Money.




During the latter part of Queen Victoria's reign, coin collectors and dealers could order Maundy sets from The Royal Mint. This practice was stopped by King Edward VII in 1908.
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 Posted 04/09/2020  6:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add matthewvincent to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What a shame...doesn't the monarch usually hand these out personally?
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 Posted 04/09/2020  8:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
At least the postal system still works!
Has to, because on line business is expanding due to CV, and thus the parcel delivery system.

Thus, 2020 the Royal Maundy coins won't be any scarcer.
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 Posted 04/11/2020  07:00 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
No surprise here.
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 Posted 04/11/2020  09:22 am  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
doesn't the monarch usually hand these out personally?

Yes. In her long reign this is the first time the Queen hasn't done it.
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 Posted 04/11/2020  8:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As I understand it the Queen has personally handed out Maundy Money to pensioners on alternate years, the Lord Almoner carries out that ceremony on the 'in between' years. For each year, a cathedral is appointed for this ceremony.

It seems that the Queen has refrained from carrying out the Ceremony for 2020 due to obvious Coronavirus reasons.
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 Posted 05/09/2020  6:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add molydeii to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What do you think those modern recipients do with maundy money nowadays?
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 Posted 05/09/2020  7:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The coins become keepsakes, or are sold to collectors or coin dealers.
All of the older Manundy coins have found their way into the hands of collectors.

I have about a dozen or so Maundy coins, that span the last 300 years Charles 11 to Elizabeth 11. No sets, all single Maundy oddments, in all four denominations - silver penny, twopence, threepence and fourpence.
Unfortunately, about half of them are holed for suspension as jewelry pieces. Although still collectible, they are very much reduced in value.

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