The coin featuring the White Horse of Hanover is the latest release in the collection – a symbol that came to Her Majesty through her Hanoverian ancestors. In 1714 Georg Ludwig, ruler of the German duchy of Hanover, succeeded to the throne of Great Britain as George I. He brought with him the heraldry of the region including the device of a white horse on a red background.
The shield the white horse is clutching shows the three lions of England, the lion of Scotland, the fleur-de-lis of France, the Irish harp and the Arms for Hanover. The White Horse of Hanover is portrayed facing to the right, keeping it distinct from its mythical relative the unicorn. Featuring a secure chainmail background, the realism of the White Horse of Hanover is displayed to its fullest.