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Maundy Money Exhibit At Gallery

The Saint Vincent Gallery will host an additional exhibit in conjunction with the senior exhibit that is opening on Thursday, March 1, and that will run until Sunday, April 8.

Thomas J. Uram, president of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists, will exhibit his collection of Maundy Money during the senior exhibit, Her Point of View.

The Maundy Money tradition dates to 1662 and commemorates the acts of the Royal Family during Holy Week to help the poor during the Easter season.

The tradition evolved from giving people food and clothing to giving them coins: a four penny, a three penny, a two penny and a one penny piece. The first Maundy money ceremony took place during the reign of Charles II, when the king gave people undated hammered coins in 1662. By 1670 the king started giving out a dated set of all four coins.

Maundy money has traditionally been made of sterling silver, apart from the brief interruptions of Henry VIII’s debasement of the coinage and the general change to 50 percent silver coins in 1020. The use of sterling silver resumed in 1971.

During Her Majesty the Queen’s reign, her portrait on ordinary circulating coinage has been updated four times. However, Maundy Money still bears the same portrait of Her Majesty created by Mary Gillick that appeared on the first coins of her reign in 1953.

This exhibit will include a brochure and several educational banners.

Uram is a lifetime resident of western Pennsylvania. He is a 1982 graduate of the University of Kentucky, with a degree in business and finance. He is a 30-year veteran of the financial services industry.

His numismatic interest started in 1971 when his uncle introduced him to Gordon Doddrell of the Pittsburgh Coin Company. He joined the Washington Numismatic Association and a few years later became a life member of the American Numismatic Association. He has frequently exhibited at coin shows, and his first exhibit as a junior was at the American Numismatic Association in 1976 in New York.

In addition to the American Numismatic Association and George Washington Numismatic Association, Uram is a member of Western Pennsylvania Numismatic Society, Central States Numismatic Association, Florida United Numismatists, The Sphinx Society, the North Hills Coin Club and the South Hills Coin Club.  Uram is a life member of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatics and its current president.  In 2011, Uram was certified as an ANA Exhibit Judge, and he has enjoyed the opportunity to judge at several national conventions since then.

Uram has served as the District Governor for Rotary District 7330, and he is currently on the Board of Directors for the Washington Community Foundation and the Washington Hospital Foundation.  Uram also serves on the Finance Committee for the Immaculate Conception Church, and he is the former Board President of the Catholic Charities Diocese of Pittsburgh.  Uram and his wife, Lynn, reside in Eighty Four.

The student artists include Kiara D. Arnold, a studio art major and marketing minor from Brandywine, Maryland; Marcia A. Poliak Croce, a graphic design major and computer science minor from Blairsville; Kaitlyn B. Dudek, a studio art major with a minor in creative writing from Spring Grove; Caitlin E. Kruzynski, an art education major and disability studies minor from Bel Air, Maryland; Mariah N. Singerman, an art education major and art history and concentration in Chinese minor from Apollo; and Kaitlin M. Smith, a studio arts major and art history minor, from Butler. Admission is free and open to the public.

The exhibit will open with a reception with the artists from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1.

Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and at other times by appointment. The Gallery is closed on Mondays.