Queen Victoria, born in 1819, succeeded her uncle King William IV, in 1837, her father Edward Duke of Kent, William's next brother, having died in 1820 when she was only 6 months old. She married her cousin, Prince Labert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who was given the title of Prince Consort in 1857 and died in 1861. The Queen died in 1901 and was succeeded by her eldest son Edward VII. Her reign was the longest of any British sovereign.
Queen Victoria's young head was used on the Maundy Money from 1838 - 1887. The Maundy ceremony represents Christ's act of humility in washing his disciple's feet on the Dei Mandati, when they received His last commandment. Maundatum - hence Maundy. The actual washing of feet was discontinued by King William III in 1698 and gifts of food and clothing which had accompanied the money were discontinued by King William IV in 1837. At first there were only 13 recipients each year - representing the disciples - but King Henry IV changed this to the number of the sovereign's age each year.
This coin has been cast in lead-free pewter and antique finished. Includes 4 coins.
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