København

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KØBENHAVN

Region : Hovedstaden
Amt (until 2007) : København

Arms of København

Official blazon

Origin/meaning

The arms are based on the oldest seal of the city, known since 1254.

Seal of København

Seal from 1275
Seal of København

Seal from 1394
Seal of København

Seal from 1465
Seal of København

Seal from 1539
Seal of København

Seal from 1571


The original seal showed a city wall with towers, which gradually was transformed in the three towers. The present arms were officially granted in 1661 by King Frederik III, whose monogram is seen on the middle tower. In addition to the shield itself, the arms showed three helmets, two lions as supporters and many other symbols around the shield (see below). These are no longer used.

The arms in the city:

Arms of København

The arms in the city (image by Jan-Erik Løken)
Arms of København

Old rendering of the arms (image from Facebook)

The arms on collector's items:

Arms of København
The arms as shown in the Kaffe Hag album from the 1930s.
Arms of København

The arms as shown on a cigarette card from 1926
Arms of København

The arms as shown in a German album +/- 1910
Arms of København

The arms as shown in a German quartett game +/- 1905
Arms of København

The arms as shown in a German album +/- 1930
Arms of København

The arms as shown in a Austrian album +/- 1935
Arms of København

The arms as shown in a German album +/- 1925
Arms of København

The arms on a Dutch cigar bond
Arms of København

The arms on a Dutch cigar bond
Arms of København

The arms on a Belgian cigar bond


Literature: Achen, 1982