Since antiquity, unicorns have symbolized purity, magic and healing and were revered among Babylonians, Persians, classical Greeks, Romans and early Jewish scholars. The Celts of ancient Britain also associated these mythological animals with life, joy and masculine potency.
The unicorn has been the national symbol for Scotland since the 15th century reign of King James III, when it was featured on gold coins.
Nowadays, it is featured alongside a lion on the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom of Great Britain. Whereas the lion, representing England, is in this capacity a symbol of oppressive rule, the unicorn is a symbol of ruling by harmony.