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Coats of arms with ANIMAL supporters
« on: May 25, 2011, 09:28:47 PM »
The animal supporters on coats of arms fall into two categories: those that are mythical beasts and those that are stylised representations of real animals. Lions on coats of arms often appear so stylised that they resemble no known lion and look like some entirely mythical beast instead.

For me, the real animals fall into two categories: those that I recognise, and those whose names or species I have to look up. If I post a design with unusual animals, I will be sure to add their names.

Coats of arms have a long history, as do those with animal supporters. They appear on coins old and new, all over the world, so we are sure to find lots of them.

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Re: Coats of arms with ANIMAL supporters
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2011, 09:29:21 PM »
Artists take great pains to capture the details of their subjects, with superb results, as you can see from some of these designs. Often, though, in their search for perfection they force their models to pose for hours on end. When you see these two sailfish, on the Seychelles coat of arms, out of the water and standing up, you may wonder how the artist managed to persuade them to pose like that.

All I can say is: no animals were harmed during the making of this topic.

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Re: Coats of arms with ANIMAL supporters
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2011, 09:30:26 PM »
Botswana.
 


 
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Re: Coats of arms with ANIMAL supporters
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2011, 09:30:49 PM »
Kenya. Stylised lions.



 
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Re: Coats of arms with ANIMAL supporters
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2011, 09:31:36 PM »
Uganda. A kob and a crested crane.


 
 
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Re: Coats of arms with ANIMAL supporters
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2011, 10:39:46 PM »
A splendid lion and dragon from British Hong Kong. It must have been difficult to stop them trying to kill each other.



 
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Re: Coats of arms with ANIMAL supporters
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2011, 10:51:44 PM »
Australia. Round 50 cents pattern coin of 1966.

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Re: Coats of arms with ANIMAL supporters
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2011, 10:56:59 PM »
Bahamas. A marlin and a flamingo.



 
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Re: Coats of arms with ANIMAL supporters
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2011, 11:15:39 PM »
Chile. A huemul and a condor.

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Re: Coats of arms with ANIMAL supporters
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2011, 12:00:18 AM »
Britain has the lion and the unicorn. Due to global warming, I see them in the garden occasionally. They're too hard to catch, though, so I don't bother eating them.
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Re: Coats of arms with ANIMAL supporters
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2011, 08:04:20 PM »
The kingdom of Württemberg had a lion/deer combination. This is an 1848 ducat ...

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Re: Coats of arms with ANIMAL supporters
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2011, 08:10:43 PM »
The states of Bremen and Hamburg both had two lions on many of their coins, until the end of the monarchy in 1918. (Or, if you include notgeld, until 1924/25.) Here is an example from Hamburg.

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Re: Coats of arms with ANIMAL supporters
« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2011, 08:14:48 PM »
More lions, this time from Danzig (image from worldcoingallery.com). The city (today Gdańsk, PL) still has that CoA, but coins like this one were issued when the place was a Free City between 1920 and 1939.



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Re: Coats of arms with ANIMAL supporters
« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2011, 09:03:49 PM »
Hannover, 1 Thaler, 1866. A lion and a unicorn, I believe. Excellent design. These beasts have such personality!

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Re: Coats of arms with ANIMAL supporters
« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2011, 11:49:05 PM »
Contrary to the lion in your garden and on that 50p design, this one looks like ... I don't really know ... a lionpoodle maybe?

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