Information about legend: DIEU ET MON DROIT

DIEU ET MON DROIT (1189 - )
LegendDIEU ET MON DROIT
Full textDieu et mon droit
Translation

Translated from French: God and my right.

Saint Helena / Double Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee

Dieu et mon droit, meaning "God and my right", is the motto of the Monarch of the United Kingdom outside Scotland. It appears on a scroll beneath the shield of the version of the coat of arms of the United Kingdom.

The motto is said to have first been used by King Richard I (1157 - 1199) as a battle cry and presumed to be a reference to his French ancestry (indeed he spoke French and Occitan but knew only basic English) and the concept of the divine right of the Monarch to govern. It was adopted as the royal motto of England by King Henry V (1386 - 1422) with the phrase "and my right" referring to his claim by descent to the French crown.

For the Royal Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of England to have a French rather than English motto was not unusual, given that Norman French was the primary language of the English Royal Court and ruling class following the rule of William the Conqueror of Normandy and later the Plantagenets. Another Old French phrase also appears in the full achievement of the Royal Arms. The motto of the Order of the Garter, Honi soit qui mal y pense ("Spurned be the one who evil thinks"), appears on a representation of a garter behind the shield.

The motto is sometimes displayed on coins of the United Kingdom, as well as British dependencies ruled by the same monarch.

DIEU ET MON DROIT - Example/s on coins
Saint Helena / Double Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee

DIEU · ET · MON DROIT on a coin from St Helena

Saint Helena / Double Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee

Illustrated here is the legend on a gold coin (double sovereign) issued in the British overseas territory of Saint Helena to commemorated the Queen's Platinum Jubilee (70 years on the throne).

DIEU ET MON DROIT - (17) Coins
CountryCoin NameMintageEffigy
United Kingdom Five Pounds 2013 First Portrait 1,465 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait, by Mary Gillick
United Kingdom Five Pounds 2013 Fourth Portrait 1,465 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Five Pounds 2013 Prince George Christening 56,014 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Five Pounds 2013 Second Portrait 1,465 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin
United Kingdom Five Pounds 2013 Third Portrait 1,465 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Five Ounces 2013 Prince George Christening 48 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Gold One Kilo 2013 Prince George Christening 19 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Silver Five Ounces 2013 Prince George Christening 912 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Silver One Kilo 2013 Prince George Christening 194 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Five Pounds 2015 Princess Charlotte Christening 4,842 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
United Kingdom Gold Five Ounce 2015 Princess Charlotte Christening unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
United Kingdom Silver Five Ounces 2015 Princess Charlotte Christening unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Saint Helena Double Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee 220 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Saint Helena Five Sovereigns 2022 Platinum Jubilee 120 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Saint Helena Half Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee 370 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Saint Helena Quarter Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee 370 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Saint Helena Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee 1,120 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
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