• 1 Crown 1984, KM# 121, Isle of Man, Elizabeth II, 500th Anniversary of the College of Arms, College of Arms
  • 1 Crown 1984, KM# 121, Isle of Man, Elizabeth II, 500th Anniversary of the College of Arms, College of Arms
Description

The College of Arms, also known as the College of Heralds, is a royal corporation consisting of professional officers of arms, with jurisdiction over England, Wales, Northern Ireland and some Commonwealth realms. The heralds are appointed by the British Sovereign and are delegated authority to act on behalf of the Crown in all matters of heraldry, the granting of new coats of arms, genealogical research and the recording of pedigrees. The College is also the official body responsible for matters relating to the flying of flags on land, and it maintains the official registers of flags and other national symbols. Though a part of the Royal Household of the United Kingdom the College is self-financed, unsupported by any public funds. Founded by royal charter in 1484 by King Richard III, the College is one of the few remaining official heraldic authorities in Europe. The College has had its home in the City of London since its foundation, and has been at its present location on Queen Victoria Street since 1555.

Obverse

2nd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right. Lettering around outside, date below.

Mint mark: PM (Pobjoy Mint).

Engraver: Arnold Machin.

ISLE OF MAN ELIZABETH II
PM
1984

Reverse

Coat of Arms of the College of Arms. The arms was created either in 1484, when the College was incorporated by King Richard III or in 1555 when it was reincorporated under Queen Mary I and King Philip.

Blazon: Argent, a cross Gules (Cross of St. George) between four doves, the dexter wing of each expanded and inverted Azure; for a crest on a ducal coronet Or, a dove rising Azure; Two lions rampant guardant argent, ducally gorged or; for a motto DILIGENT AND SECRET.

QUINCENTENARY OF THE COLLEGE OF ARMS
• 1484 • ONE CROWN • 1984 •

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Cupronickel
Weight 28.28 g
Diameter 38.61 mm
Thickness 3.17 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Pobjoy Mint (PM)

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