Aon Adhairc (Unicorn)

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Aon Adhairc (Unicorn)

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Aon Adhairc is Gaelic for Unicorn (literal translation is One Horn)

In heraldry the unicorn is best known as the symbol of Scotland. The unicorn was chosen because it was seen as a proud and haughty beast which would rather die than be captured, just as Scots would fight to remain sovereign and unconquered. Two unicorns supported the royal arms of the King of Scots, and since the 1707 union of England and Scotland, the royal arms of the United Kingdom have been supported by a unicorn along with an English lion. Two versions of the royal arms exist: that used in Scotland gives more emphasis to the Scottish elements, placing the unicorn on the left and giving it a crown, whereas the version used in England and elsewhere gives the English elements more prominence.

Golden coins known as the unicorn and half-unicorn, both with a unicorn on the obverse, were used in Scotland in the 15th and 16th century. In the same realm, carved unicorns were often used as finials on the pillars of Mercat crosses, and denoted that the settlement was a royal burgh. Certain noblemen such as the Earl of Kinnoull were given special permission to use the unicorn in their arms, as an augmentation of honour.

This stunning coin comes in six versions. Each version is finished in hard enamels and has the same reverse showing the Scottish Saltire. The fronts are all a 3D design set under deep translucent hard enamel.

Editions

  • Regular Edition -                    65 made, Shiny Nickel, Purple with Rainbow Glitter mane
  • Limited Edition -                     60 made, Copper, Green with Green Glitter mane
  • Extra Limited Edition -           55 made, Shiny Nickel, Purple with Black Glitter mane
  • Extra Extra Limited Edition - 45 made, Shiny Nickel, Green with Rainbow Glitter mane
  • Special Edition -                    50 made (Geocoinfest 2016 Edition), Antique Gold, no fill 
  • Artist's Edition -                     25 made, Satin Gold, Red with Black Glitter mane

Size: 57mm x 47mm
Thickness: 4mm
Weight: 30g
Trackable? Yes
Own Icon? Yes