UK Coat of Arms Cufflinks
An interesting feature of the British £1 coin is that the design of the reverse of the coin changed each year between 1983 and 2008 to show, in turn, an emblem representing the United Kingdom, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and England, together with an appropriate edge inscription. The inscription ONE POUND appears at the bottom of all reverse designs before April 2008. In 1983, 1993, 1998, and 2003, the Royal Mint issued British one pound (£1) coins featuring the Royal Coat of Arms, with the edge inscription DECUS ET TUTAMEN ('An ornament and a safeguard' from Virgil's Aeneid). These cufflinks are made from the same genuine British one pound coins, which have been hand painted in painstaking detail, depicting the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom. The Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom is the official coat of arms of the British monarch. In the center is a quartered shield, depicting in the first and fourth quarters the three passant guardant lions of England; in the second, the rampant lion and double tressure flory-counterflory of Scotland; and in the third, a harp for Northern Ireland. The crest is a statant guardant lion wearing the imperial crown, himself on another representation of that crown. The dexter supporter is a likewise crowned English lion; the sinister, a Scottish unicorn. According to legend a free unicorn was considered a very dangerous beast; therefore the heraldic unicorn is chained. The coat features both the motto of English monarchs, Dieu et mon droit (God and my right), and the motto of the Order of the Garter, Honi soit qui mal y pense (shame upon him who thinks evil upon it) on a representation of the Garter behind the shield. These UK Coat of Arms cufflinks 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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