The arms were officially granted on January 28, 1948, transferred to Gwent County on April 16, 1975 and again on 18 October 1996 to the newly constituted Monmouthshire County Council
The gold fleur-de-lis upon blue and black are the Arms of the ancient Kingdom of Gwent. The castles are the arms of the ancient princes of Gwent and also refer to the many castles situated in the County.
The Somerset Coat of Arms shown on the castle forming the crest, refers to the connections of the Somerset family with the County. The castle itself refers to Raglan castle associated with Henry Somerset. The three towers that rise from it are for the three castles of Grosmont, Llantilo and Skenfrith.
The motto Utrique Fidelis (Faithful to Both) shows the county as faithful to both England and Wales, and the lion of England and the dragon of Wales, each holding its country’s national emblem, illustrate this double allegiance. For many centuries there was some doubt as to which country Monmouthshire lay in.
1795 Monmouthshire Abergavenny Powell’s copper Conder halfpenny token
Obverse: A cask, JAMES POWELL IMPORTER .1795.
Reverse: J. POWELL I WINE & BRANDY [ MERCHANT] . ABERGAVENNY . A small ornament at top, and a bunch of grapes
under the word ” MERCHANT.”
Edge: PAYABLE AT MONMOUTH AND ABERGAVENNY . X .
D&H Monmouthshire No. 1 A. 1
Ex DNW December 2015 Lot 304 (part)
Ex Robinson S. Brown Jr Collection