Luzern

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LUZERN

Canton : Luzern
Additions : 2010 Littau

Wappen von Luzern

Official blazon

Origin/meaning

The arms of the canton and city of Luzern are similar and are both derived from the banner of the city. For some reason, the colours were changed; the white being on the left of the banner and on the right on the arms. The oldest known use of the arms is on the seal of the city from 1386, where there is a small shield with the arms in the base of the seal. The arms at that time still had the colours of the banner. The change occurred later.

The oldest seals of Luzern showed either a bend with flowers, or the patron saint of the city, St. Leodegar. In total there are 10 seals known with the saint, they were in use from 1292-1832.

Seal of Luzern

The first seal (used from 1245)
Seal of Luzern

The second seal (used from 1292)
Seal of Luzern

The third seal (used from 1314)
Seal of Luzern

The fourth seal (used from 1386) with the arms
Seal of Luzern

The sixth seal (used from 1420)

Coins of the city and Canton of Luzern:

Arms of Luzern

The arms on a 16th century coin
Arms of Luzern

The arms on a 1606 coin
Arms of Luzern

The arms on a 1622 coin
Arms of Luzern

The arms on a 1725 coin
Arms of Luzern

The arms on a 1804 coin

The city often uses the arms with a mural crown, to distinguish the arms from the arms of the Canton.

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The arms as seen in 1931 (source)
Wappen von/Blason de Luzern

Variations of the arms in the Kaffee Hag albums 1914-1960
Wappen von/Blason de Luzern

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Literature : Mühlmann, L. : Wappen und Fahnen der Schweiz, Bühler Verlag, Lengnau, 1977 and 1997.