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The Royal Mint Coat of Arms

The Royal Mint Coat of Arms

In 1978 a previously unnoticed draft Grant of Arms to the Royal Mint was discovered in the Library of the College of Arms bound in a volume containing grants made by William Hervey, Clarenceux King of Arms.

The draft assigns arms to the ‘company and fellowship of the queen’s majesty’s mint’, a body enjoying royal patronage since the reign of Edward II. The precise date of the draft is not known but as it was given partly in recognition of the achievement of Royal Mint officials in carrying through the great recoinage of debased silver ordered by Elizabeth I early in her reign it is confidently assumed to be 1561-62.

Design of the Coat of Arms

The arms blazoned by Hervey incorporate devices from the personal arms of the five principal Royal Mint officials of the time, all of whom are mentioned in the draft.

Cross crosslets

Cross crosslets

Sir Edmund Pekham, High Treasurer

Stags’ heads

Stags’ heads

Thomas Stanley,
Under-Treasurer

Bulls’ heads

Bulls’ heads

John Bull,
Comptroller

Fleur de lys

Fleur de lys

William Humfrey,
Assay Master

Castles

Castles

John Monnes,
or Mun, Provost
of the Moneyers



The personal emblem of each of these five men is repeated twice and the order in which each is placed appears to reflect their seniority.

Kings of Arms Certificate

The draft contains no drawing of the arms and there is no evidence that they were actually granted. But in 1982 the arms were reconstructed from Hervey’s description and their use authorised by Kings of Arms Certificate of 23 April 1982.