Information about Coat of Arms: Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom

Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom / One Pound 2008 Royal Arms

The royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom, or the Royal Arms for short, is the official coat of arms of the British monarch and are used by the monarch in his/her official capacity. Variants of the Royal Arms are used by other members of the British royal family, by the British Government in connection with the administration and government of the country, and some courts and legislatures in a number of Commonwealth realms. In Scotland, there exists a separate version of the Royal Arms, a variant of which is used by the Scotland Office and the Judiciary.

In the standard variant used outside of Scotland, the shield is quartered, depicting in the first and fourth quarters the three passant guardant lions of England; in the second, the rampant lion and double tressure flory-counterflory of Scotland; and in the third, a harp for Ireland. The crest is a statant guardant lion wearing the St Edward's Crown, himself on another representation of that crown. The dexter supporter is a likewise crowned English lion; the sinister, a Scottish unicorn. According to legend a free unicorn was considered a very dangerous beast; therefore the heraldic unicorn is chained, as were both supporting unicorns in the royal coat of arms of Scotland.

In the greenery below, a thistle, Tudor rose and shamrock are depicted, representing Scotland, England and Ireland respectively. This armorial achievement comprises the motto, in French, of English monarchs, Dieu et mon Droit (God and my Right), which has descended to the present royal family as well as the Garter circlet which surrounds the shield, inscribed with the Order's motto, in French, Honi soit qui mal y pense (Shame on him who thinks evil). The official blazon of the Royal Arms is:

Quarterly, first and fourth Gules three Lions passant gardant in pale Or armed and langued Azure (for England), second quarter Or a Lion rampant within a double tressure flory-counter-flory Gules (for Scotland), third quarter Azure a Harp Or stringed Argent (for Ireland), the whole surrounded by the Garter; for a Crest, upon the Royal helm the Imperial Crown Proper, thereon a Lion statant gardant Or imperially crowned Proper; Mantling Or and Ermine; for Supporters, dexter a Lion rampant gardant Or crowned as the Crest, sinister a Unicorn Argent armed, crined and unguled Proper, gorged with a Coronet Or composed of Crosses patées and Fleurs-de-lis a Chain affixed thereto passing between the forelegs and reflexed over the back also Or. Motto "Dieu et mon Droit" in the compartment below the shield, with the Union Rose, Shamrock and Thistle engrafted on the same stem.

As the United Kingdom is governed in the monarch's name, the British Government also uses the Royal Arms as a national symbol of the United Kingdom and, in that capacity, the coat of arms can be seen on documents and forms, passports, in the entrance to embassies and consulates, etc. However, when used by the government and not by the monarch personally, the coat of arms is often represented without the helm.

The Royal Arms have regularly appeared on the coinage produced by the Royal Mint including, for example, from 1663, the Guinea and, from 1983, the British one pound coin. In 2008, a new series of designs for all seven coins of £1 and below was unveiled by the Royal Mint, every one of which is drawn from the Royal Arms. The full Royal Arms appear on the one pound coin, and sections appear on each of the other six, such that they can be put together like a puzzle to make another complete representation of the Royal Arms. The series was discontinued in 2016 though, with the introduction of the new Nations of the Crown bi-metallic coin.

Depictions of the Royal Arms on coins can show it in its full form, or the Shield only with no supporters (with or without the crown on top). The symbol is depicted on coins of the United Kingdom, as well as occasionally on commemorative coinage of British dependencies.

Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom - Example/s on coins
United Kingdom / One Pound 2008 Royal Arms

2008 UK Coin £1 BU Royal Coat of Arms

United Kingdom / One Pound 2008 Royal Arms

Full representation of the Royal Coat of Arms on £1 coins.

United Kingdom / Sovereign 1989 500th Anniversary

Commemorative representation with a Tudor rose in the background

United Kingdom / Sovereign 1989 500th Anniversary

This one-off design was issued in 1989 only. To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the first hammered gold sovereign coin issued by King Henry VII in 1489, the designs chosen for both sides of the 1989 gold coins reflect the designs originally used five centuries earlier.

Only the crowned shield is shown, with no supporters and no helmet.

United Kingdom / Gold Ounce 2019 Royal Arms

2019 interpretation on bullion coinage

United Kingdom / Gold Ounce 2019 Royal Arms

The iconic design by Eric Sewell was reinterpreted by Timothy Noad for the Royal Arms bullion coin range in 2019, in a style reminiscent of the Queen's Beasts series.

Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom - showing 100 of 120 coins (Page 1 of 2)
CountryNameMintageLegend
United Kingdom Sixpence 1816 unknown GEOR: III D: G: BRITT: REX F: D: 1816
United Kingdom Shilling 1816 unknown GEOR: III D: G: BRITT: REX F: D: 1816
United Kingdom Shilling 1817 23,031,360 GEOR: III D: G: BRITT: REX F: D: 1817
United Kingdom Sixpence 1817 10,921,680 GEOR: III D: G: BRITT: REX F: D: 1817
United Kingdom Sixpence 1818 4,284,720 GEOR: III D: G: BRITT: REX F: D: 1818
United Kingdom Shilling 1818 1,342,440 GEOR: III D: G: BRITT: REX F: D: 1818
United Kingdom Sixpence 1819 4,712,400 GEOR: III D: G: BRITT: REX F: D: 1819
United Kingdom Shilling 1819 7,595,280 GEOR: III D: G: BRITT: REX F: D: 1819
United Kingdom Sixpence 1820 1,488,960 GEOR: III D: G: BRITT: REX F: D: 1820
United Kingdom Shilling 1820 George IV unknown GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Shilling 1820 George III 7,975,440 GEOR: III D: G: BRITT: REX F: D: 1820
United Kingdom Sixpence 1821 863,280 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Shilling 1821 2,463,000 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Shilling 1823 693,000 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Sixpence 1824 633,600 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Shilling 1824 4,158,000 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Shilling 1825 Second Reverse 2,459,000 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Sixpence 1825 483,120 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Sixpence 1826 Second Reverse 689,040 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Sixpence 1887 Withdrawn Type 3,675,607 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITT: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Shilling 1887 Shield 4,034,133 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITT: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Shilling 1888 4,526,856 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITT: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Shilling 1889 Small Head 7,039,628 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITT: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Shilling 1889 Large Head 7,039,628 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITT: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Shilling 1890 8,794,042 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITT: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Shilling 1891 5,665,348 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITT: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Shilling 1892 4,591,622 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITT: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom One Pound 1983 Royal Arms 444,283,310 ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1983
United Kingdom One Pound 1988 Shield 7,361,756 ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1988
United Kingdom Double Sovereign 1989 500th Anniversary 14,936 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1989 500th Anniversary 21,824 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
United Kingdom Sovereign 1989 500th Anniversary 23,471 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 1989 500th Anniversary 10,694 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
United Kingdom One Pound 1993 Royal Arms 114,867,525 ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1993
United Kingdom One Pound 1998 Royal Arms 159,862 ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998
United Kingdom Double Sovereign 2002 Golden Jubilee 6,947 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 2002 Golden Jubilee 71,347 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Sovereign 2002 Golden Jubilee 87,764 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 2002 Golden Jubilee 4,370 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom One Pound 2003 Royal Arms 61,776,772 ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2003
United Kingdom One Pound 2008 Royal Arms 4,100,913 ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
United Kingdom One Pound 2008 Shield 43,947,300 ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
United Kingdom One Pound 2009 Shield 27,897,014 ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
United Kingdom One Pound 2010 Shield 57,220,033 ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2010
United Kingdom One Pound 2011 Shield 25,499,981 ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
United Kingdom Silver One Kilo 2012 Diamond Jubilee 206 ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS
United Kingdom One Pound 2012 Shield 35,803,832 ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
United Kingdom Gold One Kilo 2012 Diamond Jubilee 21 ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS
United Kingdom Five Pounds 2013 First Portrait 1,465 ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F · D · FIVE POUNDS
United Kingdom Five Pounds 2013 Second Portrait 1,465 · ELIZABETH · II · D : G : REG : F : D : FIVE POUNDS ·
United Kingdom One Pound 2013 Shield 13,137,437 ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2013
United Kingdom Fifty Pence 2013 Christopher Ironside 7,036,485 ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2013
United Kingdom Five Pounds 2013 Third Portrait 1,465 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · FIVE POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Five Pounds 2013 Fourth Portrait 1,465 ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
United Kingdom One Pound 2014 Shield 79,347,794 ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2014
United Kingdom One Pound 2015 Shield (Fourth Portrait) 29,625,762 ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2015
United Kingdom One Pound 2015 Royal Arms 129,616,985 ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015
United Kingdom One Pound 2015 Shield (Fifth Portrait) 25,285 ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·
United Kingdom Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Lion of England unknown ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Gold Ounce 2016 Lion of England unknown ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom One Pound 2016 Shield (mint sets only) 48,830 ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2016 ·
United Kingdom Silver Two Ounces 2016 Lion of England, Bullion unknown ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Five Pounds 2017 Lion of England 31,838 ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Lion of England, Proof 2,492 ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Gold Ounce 2017 Lion of England 591 ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Silver Ounce 2017 Lion of England 8,376 ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Gold Five Ounces 2017 Sapphire Jubilee 110 ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Silver Five Ounces 2017 Sapphire Jubilee 1,445 ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Silver Kilo 2017 Sapphire Jubilee 225 ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Silver Ten Ounces 2017 Lion of England, Proof 684 ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Silver Ten Ounces 2017 Lion of England, Bullion unknown ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Gold Kilo 2017 Sapphire Jubilee 18 ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Gold Kilo 2017 Lion of England 13 ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Silver Five Ounces 2017 Lion of England 674 ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Gold Five Ounces 2017 Lion of England 100 ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Silver Kilo 2017 Lion of England 117 ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Platinum Ounce 2017 Lion of England unknown ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Five Pounds 2018 Sapphire Anniversary 18,296 ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Five Pounds 2018 Lion of England 9,840 ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Saint Helena Sovereign 2019 Half Crown 2,519 ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA ·
United Kingdom Silver Ounce 2019 Royal Arms unknown ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Gold Ounce 2019 Royal Arms unknown ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Five Pounds 2019 Lion of England unknown ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Saint Helena Military Guinea 2020 700 ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · £1.05 POUNDS ·
Saint Helena Spade Half Guinea 2020 200 ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 50 PENCE ·
Saint Helena Rose Crown Quarter Guinea 2020 200 ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 20 PENCE ·
Saint Helena Half Sovereign 2020 Half Crown 600 ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA ·
United Kingdom Silver Ounce 2020 Royal Arms unknown ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Gold Ounce 2020 Royal Arms unknown ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Silver Ten Ounces 2020 Royal Arms unknown ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Platinum Ounce 2020 Royal Arms unknown ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Gold Tenth-Ounce 2020 Royal Arms unknown ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Saint Helena Double Sovereign 2021 Tudor Rose 100 ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2021 ·
United Kingdom Gold Ounce 2021 Royal Arms unknown ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Silver Ounce 2021 Royal Arms unknown ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Lion of England, Proof 250 ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Silver Two Ounces 2021 Lion of England, Proof 300 ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 Lion of England 1,250 ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
United Kingdom Silver Ten Ounces 2021 Royal Arms unknown ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Australia Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Platinum Jubilee 1,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/4oz 9999 Au 2022 25 DOLLARS
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