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 NameReverseObverseDetails
United Kingdom Five Pounds 2013 First Portrait United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2013 First Portrait - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2013 First Portrait - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,465
United Kingdom Five Pounds 2013 Fourth Portrait United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2013 Fourth Portrait - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2013 Fourth Portrait - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,465
United Kingdom Five Pounds 2013 Prince George Christening United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2013 Prince George Christening - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2013 Prince George Christening - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 56,014
United Kingdom Five Pounds 2013 Second Portrait United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2013 Second Portrait - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2013 Second Portrait - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,465
United Kingdom Five Pounds 2013 Third Portrait United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2013 Third Portrait - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2013 Third Portrait - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,465
United Kingdom Gold Five Ounces 2013 Prince George Christening United Kingdom / Gold Five Ounces 2013 Prince George Christening - reverse photo United Kingdom / Gold Five Ounces 2013 Prince George Christening - obverse photo Material: 0.9999 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 48
United Kingdom Gold One Kilo 2013 Prince George Christening United Kingdom / Gold One Kilo 2013 Prince George Christening - reverse photo United Kingdom / Gold One Kilo 2013 Prince George Christening - obverse photo Material: 0.999 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 19
United Kingdom Silver Five Ounces 2013 Prince George Christening United Kingdom / Silver Five Ounces 2013 Prince George Christening - reverse photo United Kingdom / Silver Five Ounces 2013 Prince George Christening - obverse photo Material: 0.999 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 912
United Kingdom Silver Kilo 2013 Prince George Christening United Kingdom / Silver Kilo 2013 Prince George Christening - reverse photo United Kingdom / Silver Kilo 2013 Prince George Christening - obverse photo Material: 0.999 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 194
United Kingdom Five Pounds 2015 Princess Charlotte Christening United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2015 Princess Charlotte Christening - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2015 Princess Charlotte Christening - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 4,842
United Kingdom Gold Five Ounce 2015 Princess Charlotte Christening United Kingdom / Gold Five Ounce 2015 Princess Charlotte Christening - reverse photo United Kingdom / Gold Five Ounce 2015 Princess Charlotte Christening - obverse photo Material: 0.9999 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
United Kingdom Silver Five Ounces 2015 Princess Charlotte Christening United Kingdom / Silver Five Ounces 2015 Princess Charlotte Christening - reverse photo United Kingdom / Silver Five Ounces 2015 Princess Charlotte Christening - obverse photo Material: 0.999 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Saint Helena Double Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee Saint Helena / Double Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee - reverse photo Saint Helena / Double Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: East India Company (modern)
Mintage: 220
Saint Helena Five Sovereigns 2022 Platinum Jubilee Saint Helena / Five Sovereigns 2022 Platinum Jubilee - reverse photo Saint Helena / Five Sovereigns 2022 Platinum Jubilee - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: East India Company (modern)
Mintage: 120
Saint Helena Half Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee Saint Helena / Half Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee - reverse photo Saint Helena / Half Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: East India Company (modern)
Mintage: 370
Saint Helena Quarter Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee Saint Helena / Quarter Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee - reverse photo Saint Helena / Quarter Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: East India Company (modern)
Mintage: 370
Saint Helena Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee Saint Helena / Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee - reverse photo Saint Helena / Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: East India Company (modern)
Mintage: 1,120
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Year From1189
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