Information about legend: HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE

HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE (1348 - )
LegendHONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE
Full textHONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE
Translation

Translated from Old French: May he be shamed who thinks badly of it.

United Kingdom / Sixpence 1816

"Honi soit qui mal y pense" is an Old French maxim used as the motto of the British chivalric Order of the Garter (founded in 1348). It is translated as "May he be shamed who thinks badly of it" or "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it" or "Evil (or shame) be to him that evil thinks". Modern French spelling has changed honi to honni, but the motto has not been updated.

In English heraldry, the motto "Honi soit qui mal y pense" is used either as a stand-alone motto upon a motto scroll, or upon a circular representation of the Garter. This Garter has occasionally been displayed on coins of the United Kingdom since 1813. The motto is variously spelled as HONI · SOIT · QUI · MAL · Y · PENSE · (with separators) or HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE (no separators). On some coins part of the text is obscured by a crown intruding over the Garter.

For an order 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 on the the Royal Coat of Arms: Dieu et mon droit ("God and my right").

HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE - Example/s on coins
United Kingdom / Sixpence 1816

HONI · SOIT · QUI · MAL · Y · PENSE ·

United Kingdom / Sixpence 1816

The legend as shown on a sixpence of King George III, partly obscured by the crown on top.

United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2017 Garter

HONI · SOIT · QUI · MAL · Y · PENSE ·

United Kingdom / Quarter Sovereign 2017 Garter

The legend as shown on a modern sovereign, where the garter goes all around the rim and is not obscured.

HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE - (59) Coins
CountryCoin NameMintageEffigy
United Kingdom Shilling 1816 unknown King George III - Small Laureate Head
United Kingdom Sixpence 1816 unknown King George III - Small Laureate Head
United Kingdom Shilling 1817 23,031,360 King George III - Small Laureate Head
United Kingdom Sixpence 1817 10,921,680 King George III - Small Laureate Head
United Kingdom Sovereign 1817 3,235,239 Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head)
United Kingdom Crown 1818 155,232 Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head)
United Kingdom Shilling 1818 1,342,440 King George III - Small Laureate Head
United Kingdom Sixpence 1818 4,284,720 King George III - Small Laureate Head
United Kingdom Shilling 1819 7,595,280 King George III - Small Laureate Head
United Kingdom Sixpence 1819 4,712,400 King George III - Small Laureate Head
United Kingdom Crown 1820 448,272 Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head)
United Kingdom Shilling 1820 King George III 7,975,440 King George III - Small Laureate Head
United Kingdom Sixpence 1820 1,488,960 King George III - Small Laureate Head
United Kingdom Sovereign 1820 931,994 Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head)
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1823 Second Issue 2,003,760 King George IV - Laureate Head by Benedetto Pistrucci
United Kingdom Shilling 1823 693,000 King George IV - Laureate Head by Benedetto Pistrucci
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1824 Second Issue 465,696 King George IV - Laureate Head by Benedetto Pistrucci
United Kingdom Shilling 1824 4,158,000 King George IV - Laureate Head by Benedetto Pistrucci
United Kingdom Sixpence 1824 633,600 King George IV - Laureate Head by Benedetto Pistrucci
United Kingdom Shilling 1825 Second Issue 2,459,000 King George IV - Laureate Head by Benedetto Pistrucci
United Kingdom Sixpence 1825 483,120 King George IV - Laureate Head by Benedetto Pistrucci
United Kingdom Shilling 1887 Shield 4,034,133 Queen Victoria - Portrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee Head)
United Kingdom Sixpence 1887 Withdrawn Type 3,675,607 Queen Victoria - Portrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee Head)
United Kingdom Shilling 1893 7,040,386 Queen Victoria - Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled Head)
United Kingdom Shilling 1894 5,953,152 Queen Victoria - Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled Head)
United Kingdom Shilling 1895 8,880,651 Queen Victoria - Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled Head)
United Kingdom Shilling 1896 9,264,551 Queen Victoria - Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled Head)
United Kingdom Shilling 1897 6,270,364 Queen Victoria - Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled Head)
United Kingdom Shilling 1898 9,768,703 Queen Victoria - Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled Head)
United Kingdom Shilling 1899 10,965,382 Queen Victoria - Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled Head)
United Kingdom Shilling 1900 10,937,590 Queen Victoria - Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled Head)
United Kingdom Shilling 1901 3,426,294 Queen Victoria - Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled Head)
United Kingdom One Pound 1983 Royal Arms 444,283,310 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin
United Kingdom One Pound 1993 Royal Arms 114,867,525 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom One Pound 1998 Royal Arms 159,862 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom One Pound 2003 Royal Arms 61,776,772 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom One Pound 2008 Royal Arms 4,100,913 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom One Pound 2013 Royal Arms 1,311 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom One Pound 2015 Royal Arms 129,616,985 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
United Kingdom Double Sovereign 2017 Garter 1,198 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 2017 Garter 1,741 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 2017 Garter 4,690 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
United Kingdom Quarter Sovereign 2017 Garter 4,244 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
United Kingdom Sovereign 2017 Garter 12,691 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Saint Helena Double Sovereign 2020 Spanish Dollar 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Saint Helena Five Sovereigns 2020 Saint George 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Saint Helena Half Sovereign 2020 Half Crown 600 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Saint Helena Quarter Sovereign 2020 Dorrien and Magens Shilling 2,720 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Saint Helena Sovereign 2020 Spade Guinea 2,420 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Saint Helena Half Sovereign 2021 Saint George 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
Saint Helena Quarter Sovereign 2021 Saint George 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Saint Helena Sovereign 2021 Saint George 1,250 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait, by Mary Gillick
United Kingdom Five Pounds 2022 Platinum Jubilee unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
United Kingdom Five Pounds 2022 Platinum Jubilee, Equestrian Portrait unknown Equestrian Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
United Kingdom Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Platinum Jubilee unknown Equestrian Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
United Kingdom Gold Two Ounces 2022 Platinum Jubilee 206 Equestrian Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
United Kingdom Platinum Ounce 2022 Platinum Jubilee unknown Equestrian Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
United Kingdom Silver Ounce 2022 Platinum Jubilee 5,500 Equestrian Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
United Kingdom Silver Two Ounces 2022 Platinum Jubilee 1,000 Equestrian Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
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