England 20 Pence Cufflinks
The Rose and Crown is one of the most well known symbols demonstrating loyalty to the English monarchy (it is also a very popular name for English pubs). It's history dates back to King Edward III, who used a golden rose as a personal badge. Two of his sons adapted it by changing the colour: John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, used a red rose, and Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York, used a white rose. The dynastic conflicts between their descendants are collectively called the Wars of the Roses. In 1485 Henry Tudor, a descendant of Lancaster, defeated Richard III of the York dynasty and married Richard's niece Elizabeth of York. Since then the combined red-and-white Tudor rose, often crowned, has been a symbol of the monarchy of England. The original reverse of the coin, designed by William Gardner, is a crowned Tudor Rose, with the numeral "20" below the rose, the year, and TWENTY PENCE above the rose. Uniquely in modern British coinage, the inscriptions are mostly incuse; i.e. the lettering is punched into the coin rather than standing proud of it. The coin also differed from other British coinage at the time (bar the more recent £2 coin) in that the year of mintage is displayed on the reverse (the opposite side to the Queen's head). These cufflinks are made from the same genuine British 20 pence coins, minted from 1982 - 2008, which have been hand painted in painstaking detail, depicting the Rose and Crown on a partial blue background. In August 2005 the Royal Mint launched a competition to find new reverse designs for all circulating coins except the relatively new £2 coin.The winner, announced in April 2008, was Matthew Dent, whose designs were gradually introduced into the circulating British coinage from summer 2008. The designs for the 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p coins depict sections of the Royal Shield that form the whole shield when placed together. The shield in its entirety is featured on the £1 coin. The new 20p coin depicts the meeting point of the second and fourth quarter of the shield, showing the Lion Rampant of Scotland and the Lions Passants of England. These cufflinks are made from the ORIGINAL Twenty Pence coins, designed by William Gardner, which are no longer being minted. They make a great gift for anyone who is of English heritage or who simply has strong ties to England. If someone in your wedding party happens to actually be from England, this could quite possibly be the best groomsman gift ever. For additional gift ideas for your groomsmen, check out our article on The Best Groomsmen Gift Ever. You (and your groomsmen) will be glad you did.
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