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DG11186

George VI 1949 Maundy Set, first year Emperor of India title no longer appears

George VI (1936-52), silver Maundy set, 1949, third coinage omitting India title, Four, Three, Two and One Penny, each with bare head of King left, with raised HP for Humphrey Paget on right of truncation, legend and toothed border surrounding, GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: rev. crowned mark of value with date either side all within oak wreath (Bull 4318; ESC 2566; S.4096). Uneven toning, otherwise good extremely fine or better.

The mintage for all four denominations for 1949 would produce a maximum 1,395 maundy sets. The full sterling silver standard was restored only to the maundy money upon the advent of the cupro-nickel coinage dated 1947. The 1949 onward issue of coinage omits the IND: IMP: abbreviated title as George VI was no longer titled Emperor of India as of the 22nd June 1948, becoming King instead over the new Dominions of India and Pakistan. This monarchical title was in turn dropped upon the establishment of the Republic of India in 1950, and later in the reign of Elizabeth II for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in 1956.

The legends translate as "George the Sixth by the grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India."

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