The right hand often appears as a metaphor in the bible or as a motif in art so it would make more sense if the pin shows the right hand.

image of the pin image of the symbol

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    Swords are used with right-hand? So hand-of-the-king is for shield?
    – Oni
    May 27, 2019 at 20:09
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    "To his oldest supporters he gave new honors. Daemon Velaryon, Lord of the Tides, was made master of ships, in command of the royal fleet. Triston Massey, Lord of Stonedance, was named master of laws, Crispian Celtigar master of coin. And Orys Baratheon he proclaimed to be "my shield, my stalwart, my strong right hand." Thus Baratheon is reckoned by the maesters the first King's Hand."
    – Kepotx
    May 27, 2019 at 20:29
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    In Jewish traditions, the left hand is literally called "The hand of the King"; en.wikisource.org/wiki/Translation:Tales_of_Rabbi_Nachman/…
    – Valorum
    May 27, 2019 at 20:41
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    The right hand is holding a to-go coffee.
    – The Photon
    May 28, 2019 at 3:52
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    Hmm... In many cultures, the left hand is considered unclean and used for wiping one's behind... What did Jaime say back in season one, about what the "honour" of being the king's hand really means? "The King shits, and the Hand wipes"? May 28, 2019 at 10:33

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People have always been predominately right-handed, and the right hand is generally the sword-holding hand, i.e the 'protector', while the left hand generally means the heart.

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F. Do you have any evidence that the "hand of the king" relates to the heart? The intention is to provide an answer that makes sense in-universe.
    – DavidW
    Apr 10, 2021 at 1:36
  • While this may be true, how does it explain why the left hand was chosen for GoT's symbol?
    – Skooba
    Apr 10, 2021 at 11:33
  • The left hand, in the bible symbolises punishment and Justice while the right blessings and mercy. The kings hand is in charge of punishment and Justice.
    – Bright
    Nov 14, 2021 at 9:51

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