Great Britain 1957 4 pence
This specimen was part of lot 43180 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2019), which sold for $216. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Pence to 4 Pence Maundy Set (4 Pieces), 1957. All CHOICE UNCIRCULATED. Lustrous and darkly toned with specks of charcoal color, a well matched set." Since medieval times, the monarch or her representative has handed out Maundy sets to the poor on Maundy Thursday. When the tradition began, silver pennies, tuppence, threepence and groats were circulating coins but are now long since obsolete. Silver pennies have not been struck for circulation since the reign of George III.
Recorded mintage: 1,094.
Specification: 1.89 g, .925 fine silver, 18 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 902, S-4131; KM-MDS216 (set).
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