With mythical and medieval origins, heraldic beasts have captured the imagination of artists for centuries. They have represented households and monarchs, often passed down through generations. The beasts inherited by Her Majesty The Queen, and chosen to symbolically guard the entrance to her coronation, have inspired a new collection of coins to be struck.
The second of the ten designs is this beautifully presented Unicorn of Scotland Brilliant Uncirculated £5 Coin. Both sides of the coin have been designed by Jody Clark with the Unicorn depicted in a dynamic pose leaping up over the shield, its horned head raised proudly whilst cloven hooves rake the air and a chain whips around the beasts throat. With an unmatched strength it was believed that the Unicorn could not be tamed and so the chain depicts the strength of the Scottish Kings and their ldquo;power” to capture even this mighty beast.
In historical legend the Unicorn was the natural enemy of the Lion which made it a perfect choice as a counter to the Lion of England. The Unicorn first appeared on Scottish heraldry in the twelfth century when William I created one of the first Scottish coat of arms. When James I of England united the English and Scottish thrones he chose to add the Scottish Unicorn to the English Lion as part of the Royal Arms. Together they have supported the shield which represents the unity of the United Kingdom and the sovereignty of the Her Majesty The Queen ever since.
This coin is struck to Brilliant Uncirculated standard and accompanied by a booklet produced in association with Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald at the College of Arms