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MOSS

Province : Viken (until 2020 Østfold)
Additions : 1943 Jeløy; 2020 Rygge

Arms of Moss

Official blazon

  • (1954) En gull kråke på rød bunn.

Origin/meaning

The new municipality took per January 2020 the old arms of Rygge as the new arms.

The previous arms were granted on April 2, 1954.

Arms of Moss

Moss became a separate city in 1786 and received its first seal in the same year. The seal showed a church under some clouds, the whole placed in a circle. Above the circle there were some fasces, the freedom symbol of the late 19th century. A later seal, dating from around 1829, shows the same composition, but now also with 6 birds flying around the church.
When in the 1930s the city wanted to adopt arms, the birds were chosen as a possible symbol. The original birds probably were doves, symbol of peace. In 1934 the idea of the crow was launched, as the nickname of the inhabitants was 'crows'. The arms were finally granted in 1954.

Arms of Moss

The seal of Moss from 1786
Arms of Moss

The seal of Moss from 1820
Arms of Moss

The arms in the 1920s
Arms of Moss

The arms in the Coffee Hag album +/- 1930
Arms of Moss

The arms by Ströhl in 1905.
Arms of Moss

The arms at the municipal border (image by Jan-Erik Løken)

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Literature : Norwegian Municipal Network and Norske Kommunevåpen, Kommunalforlaget, 1987.