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RELIG PROT LEG ANG LIBER PAR
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British Coin Inscriptions in Alphabetical Order:
The following list gives major variations of inscriptions found on British coins. There will be many variations and abbreviations which we have not shown. If you spot any errors or omissions, please let us know.
Please note: U and V are often interchangeable in Latin. We have shown the intended letter, for example VIGO, and DEUS instead of DEVS. For a version of this page with the literal inscriptions (as on the coins), rather than our interpreted version, please see out page U and V Are Interchangeable in Latin.

InscriptionTranslationFound Where
A DOMINO FACTUM EST ISTUD ET MIRABILE IN OCULIS NOSTRISThis is the Lord's doing and it is marvellous in our eyesFine sovereign of Mary
AMOR POPULI PRAESIDIUM REG(is)The love of the people is the Queen's protection2002 Golden Jubilee Crowns
AMOR POPULI I PRAESIDIUM REGISThe love of the people is the King's protectionCharles I angels
ANNO REGNO PRIMO, etc.In the first year of the reign, etc.large milled coins, e.g. Victoria Old head crowns
ANNO REGNO (roman numerals for year)In the year of the reign, etc.large milled coins, e.g. Victoria Old head crowns

InscriptionTranslationFound Where
BRITANNIABritanniaHalfpence & Farthings of Charles II onwards
BRITANNIARUM REXKing of the Britains 
BRITANNIARUM OMNIUM, abbr. to BRIT(T) OMNKing of all the Britains 
BRITT OMN REX FID DEF IND IMPKing of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India 
BRUNSVICIENSIS ET LUNEBURGENSIS DUX, abbr. to BR ET L DDuke of Brunswick & LuneburgGeorge I, II, III

InscriptionTranslationFound Where
CAROLI FORTUNA RESURGAMI, the fortune of Charles, shall rise again 
CHARITIE AND CHANGECharity & changeCromwell farthing
CHRISTO AUSPICE REGNOI reign under the auspices of ChristCharles I onwards
CIVITAS BRISTOLL, (variations)City of BristolEdward I onwards
CIVITAS CANTORCity of CanterburyEdward I onwards
CIVITAS COVETRECity of Coventry 
CIVITAS DUNELMISCity of DurhamEdward I onwards
CIVITAS DUREMECity of DurhamEdward I onwards
CIVITAS EBORACICity of YorkEdward I onwards
CIVITAS LONDONCity of LondonEdward I onwards
CIVITAS NORVICCity of Norwich 
CIVITAS TORNACENCity of  
CIVIUM INDUSTRIA FLORET CIVITASBy the industry of its citizens, the city flourishes1951 Crown
CULTORES SUI DEUS PROTEGITGod protects his worshippersCharles I Gold crowns

InscriptionTranslationFound Where
DECUS ET TUTAMENAn ornament and a safeguardEdge of many milled coins
DEI GRA ANGL ET FRAN DO N HYB ET AQUITBy the Grace of God, King of England & France, Lord of Ireland & Aquitaine 
DEI GRATIABy the Grace of God 
DIEU ET MON DROITGod and my rightGeorge IV halfcrowns onwards
D GR P ANG SCO ET HIB & PRO Cromwell Coins
D G M B FR ET H REX F D BR ET L D S R I A TH ET ELBy the Grace of God, King of Great Britain France & Ireland, Defender of The Faith, Duke of Brunswick & Luneburg, High Treasurer and Elector of the Holy Roman EmpireGeorge I, II, III
DIRIGE DEUS GRESSUS MEOSMay The Lord protect my stepsUna and the lion £5 piece 1839
DOMINE NE IN FURORE TUO ARGUAS MEO Lord, rebuke me not in thine angerEdward III half florin onwards
DUM SPIRO SPEROWhile I breathe, I hopeCharles I Pontefract issues

InscriptionTranslationFound Where
EXALTABITUR IN GLORIAHe shall be exalted in glory. 
EXURGAT DEUS ET DISSIPENTUR INIMICE EIUSLet The Lord arise and his enemies be scatteredJames I coins

InscriptionTranslationFound Where
FACIAM EOS IN GENTEM UNAMI will make them one nationJames I unites & laurels
FIDEI DEFENSOR, often abbr. to FID DEF, F D, etc.Defender of the FaithGeorge IV first issue farthings
FLORENT CONCORDIA REGNAKingdoms flourish through concordCharles I unites
FRANCIAE ET HIBERNIAE, often abbrev. to FRA ET HIB, et.King of the French and Scots 

InscriptionTranslationFound Where
GOD WITH US Commonwealth coins (Cromwell)

InscriptionTranslationFound Where
HANC DEUS DEDITGod has given thisCharles II Pontefract siege money
HAS NISI PERITURUS MIHI ADIMAT NEMOLet no one remove these from me under pain of deathCromwell crowns and halfcrowns
HENRICUS ROSAS REGNA JACOBUSHenry united the roses, James the kingdomsJames I gold
HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSEEvil be to him he evil thinks thereofOrder of the Garter
Charles I Halfcrowns onwards

InscriptionTranslationFound Where
ICH DIEN (German)I ServeDecimal Twopences
IHC AUTEM TRANSIENS  
INDIAE IMPERATOR, abbr. to IND IMPEmperor of India 
INIMICOS EIUS INDUAM CONFUSIONEAs for his enemies, I shall clothe them in shameEdward VI Durham House shillings

InscriptionTranslationFound Where
JESUS AUTEM TRANSIENS PER MEDIUM ILLORUM IBATBut Jesus, passing through the midst of them, went his wayEnglish gold nobles, ryals & sovereigns
JUSTITIA THRONUM FIRMATJustice strengthens the throneCharles I halfgroats & pennies

InscriptionTranslationFound Where
LUCERNA PEDIBUS MEIS VERBUM ESTThe word is a lamp unto my feetEdward VI Durham House half sovereign

InscriptionTranslationFound Where
MAG BR FRA ET HIB REXKing of Great Britain France & Scotland 
MAG BR FR ET HIB REX ET REGINAKing & Queen of Great Britain & IrelandWilliam & Mary
MAGNA BRITANNIAE, often abbr. to M B, MAG BR etc.Great Britain 
M B F ET H REX F D B ET L D S R I A T ET EBy the Grace of God, King of Great Britain France & Ireland, Defender of The Faith, Duke of Brunswick & Luneburg, High Treasurer and Elector of the Holy Roman EmpireGeorge I, II, III
MIRABILIA FECITHe made it marvellouslyViking coins of York
MUNUS DIVINUMA Divine Offering 

InscriptionTranslationFound Where
NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSITNo one provokes me with impunity1984 Scottish Pound
NUMMORUM FAMULUSThe servant of the coinageC17 tin coinage

InscriptionTranslationFound Where
OBS NEWARKNewark beseigedCharles I Newark siege coins
O CRUX AVE SPES UNICAHail O Cross, our only hopeAll half angels

InscriptionTranslationFound Where
PAX MISSA PER ORBEMPeace sent throughout the worldAnne farthing
PAX QUAERITUR BELLOPeace is sought by warCromwell broad
PAXSPeace 
PER CRUCEM TUAM SALVA NOS CHRISTE REDEMPTORBy thy Cross, save us, O Christ, our Redeemerangels
PLEIDOL WYF I'M GWLADTrue am I to my country 1985 Pounds
POST MORTEM PATRIS PRO FILIOFor the son after the death of the fatherPontefract siege coins of 1648
POSUI DEUM ADIUTOREM MEUMI have made God my helperEdward III silver onwards
PROTECTOR LITERIS LITERAE NUMMIS CORONA ET SALUSA protection to the letters, the letters are a garland and a safeguard to the coinageCromwell fifty shillings

InscriptionTranslationFound Where
QUAE DEUS CONIUNXIT NEMO SEPARETWhat God has joined, let no one separateJames I large silver coins

InscriptionTranslationFound Where
REDDE CUIQUE QUOS SUUM ESTRender to each that which is his ownEdward VIII Durham House groat
REGINA, often abbrev. to REG, R, etcQueen 
RELIGIO PROTESTANTIUM LEGES ANGLIAE LIBERTAS PARLIAMENTIThe religion of the Protestants, the laws of England and the liberty of ParliamentCharles I civil war issues
REL PROT LEG ANG LIB PARThe religion of the Protestants, the laws of England and the liberty of ParliamentCharles I civil war issues
RELIG PROT LEG ANG LIBER PARThe religion of the Protestants, the laws of England and the liberty of ParliamentCharles I civil war issues
REXKing 
REX ANGLKing of the English 
REX ANGLORUMKing of the English 
REX SAXONUM OCCIDENTALIUMKing of the West Saxons 
ROSA SINE SPINAA rose without thornsHenry VIII onwards
RUTILANS ROSA SINE SPINAA dazzling rose without a thornHenry VIII onwards

InscriptionTranslationFound Where
SACRI ROMANI IMPERII ARCHI-THESAURARIUS ET ELECTOR, abbr. to S R I A TH ET ELHigh Treasurer and Elector of the Holy Roman EmpireGeorge I, II, III
SCUTUM FIDEI PROTEGET EAMThe shield of Faith will protect herElizabeth I gold
SCUTUM FIDEI PROTEGET EUMThe shield of Faith will protect himEdward VI gold
SIC VOS NON VOBISThus we labour, but not for ourselvesEdge of 1994 £2 coins
STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS Bi-metallic £2 coins

InscriptionTranslationFound Where
TALI DICATA SIGNO MENS FLUCTUARI NEQUITConsecrated by such a sign the mind cannot waverHenry VIII George noble
THE COMMONWEALTH OF ENGLANDCommonwealth of EnglandCommonwealth under Cromwell 1649 - 1660
TIMOR DOMINI FONS VITAEThe fear of The Lord is the fountain of lifeEdward VI shillings
FAITH AND TRUTH I WILL BEAR UNTO YOU Elizabeth II crowns 1953 and 1993
TUEATUR UNITA DEUSMay God guard those unitedJames I coins

InscriptionTranslationFound Where
VERITAS TEMPORIS FILIATruth, the daughter of timeMary coins
VIGOVigo BayAnne 1702 & 1703
VILLA CALESIETown of CalaisEdward III onwards
VIVAT REGINA ELIZABETHALong live Queen Elizabeth1996 crown
WHAT'S PAST IS PROLOGUE Millennium Crowns

Notes
U and V are often interchangeable in Latin. We have shown the intended letter, for example VIGO, and DEUS instead of DEVS. For a version of this page with the literal inscriptions (as on the coins), rather than our interpreted version, please see out page U and V Are Interchangeable in Latin.

George V Inscriptions

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