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2023 1oz $2 NZD Niue Scottish Unicorn Heraldic Series Silver Coin BU (In Capsule)

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Year: 2023
Mintage: 15,000 pcs
Condition: Brilliant Uncirculated
Manufacturer: European Mint
Country: Niue
Denomination: $2 NZD
Metal Content: 1 troy oz
Purity: .9999 Fine Silver
Diameter: 38mm


The Scottish Unicorn is a national animal of Scotland. The Unicorn is a legendary creature that has been described since antiquity as a beast with a single large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead.

In heraldry the unicorn is best known as a symbol of Scotland: the unicorn was believed to be the natural enemy of the lion – a symbol that the English royals had adopted around a hundred years before. Two unicorns supported the royal arms of the King of Scots and Duke of Rothesay, 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. John Guillim, in his book; A Display of Heraldry, has illustrated the unicorn as a symbol of power, honor and respect.

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. The crest for Clan Cunningham bears a unicorn head.

This coin is the second in the series of Heraldic Animal Series, and comes in an acrylic capsule and it has a very limited mintage of only 15,000 coins world wide, making each coin exclusive and ensuring premium appreciation, get yours now!


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