The criteria for a love token is that it must be a coin of the realm and that it be hand engraved. At least one side has been smoothed and engraved with a message. The term “love token” can also be misleading as engraved coins were also used to commemorate special events, such as births and deaths.
Our love tokens harken back to the Victorian era, when they became an artistic and beautiful way to express love and affection. Here, the love for Father is set in a timeless expression of devotion.
Your Father Love Token
Robert's Notes: This is a rare Maundy Money 3 pence that daters to 1989. Royal Maundy is a religious service in the Church of England held on Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday. While the ceremony itself dates back back to the 4th or 5th century (long before England became England), at the service, the British monarch or a royal official ceremonially distributes small silver coins known as "Maundy money" (legally, "the Queen's Maundy money") as symbolic alms to elderly recipients. The coins were legal tender but did not circulate because of their silver content and numismatic value.
The name "Maundy" and the ceremony itself derive from an instruction, or mandatum, of Jesus Christ at the Last Supper. As he washed his disciples’ feet, he instructed them that they should love one another, as he has loved them. In the Middle Ages, English monarchs washed the feet of beggars in imitation of Jesus, and presented gifts and money to the poor.
Today, Queen Elizabeth II almost always attends (she has been absent only four times in her reign), and the service is held in a different church every year. Recipients were once chosen for their poverty and were entitled to remain as Maundy recipients for life; today new recipients are chosen every year for service to their churches or communities, on the recommendation of clergymen of various Christian denominations.
Sometime back at the turn of the 20th century, over 120 years ago, someone took this amazing coin and had a Father Love Token made out of it.
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