100464 | GREAT BRITAIN. Anne silver Medal.
100464 | GREAT BRITAIN. Anne silver Medal. Dated 1704. Queen Anne's bounty (44mm, 36.43 g, 12h). By J. Croker.
ANNA D G MAG BRI FR ET HIB REG, laureate and draped bust left / PIETAS AVGVSTÆ (on banner), Anne seated right on throne, holding scepter and presenting charter to members of the clergy kneeling left; in three lines in exergue, PRIMITIIS ET DECIMIS / ECCLESIÆ CONCESSIS / MDCCIV. Edge: Plain.
MI 251/43; Eimer 404. About Uncirculated. Attractively toned, a few scattered marks.
Following Henry VIII’s transition away from the Catholic church, the Pope’s levy of the first-fruits and tenths become payable to the crown rather than the clergy. Upon the insistence of Bishop Burnet, Anne transferred this revenue back, establishing a fund for poorer members of the clergy which later became known as ‘Queen Anne's Bounty.’
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