Country : Belgium
The arms were granted on January 15, 1841 and confirmed on September 16, 1981.
Tienen is one of the oldest cities in Belgium and received city rights in 1168. The oldest symbol of Tienen was the Paschal Lamb or Agnus Dei. The lamb appeared on the coins struck in the city in the 12th century and also on the oldest known seal dating from 1229. On the seal the lamb wears a collar with a small shield with a bar. The origin of this small shield is not known, but according to legend it was granted to the city by Duke Jan van Brabant in the 13th century. A later seal, from 1398, also shows an Agnus Dei with the above arms.
The great seals of the late 14th century show now two lambs as supporters of the shield, the same composition that was used in the early 19th century as official arms of the city.
During the reign of Napoleon the city received arms on March 25, 1813, that showed only the shield, with in the upper corner a letter N with a star, symbol of a city of the second rank. No supporters were used.
The arms in a 17th century manuscript
The arms in the Koffie Hag/Café Hag albums +/- 1930
The arms on a police badge (source)
The arms on a Dutch Willem II cigar band
The arms on an Abonné cigar band
The arms on a Houts cigar band
The arms on a VéGé matchbox label
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