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State : Nordrhein-Westfalen
Urban District (Kreisfreie Stadt) : Bonn
Additions : 1904 Dottendorf, Endenich, Kessenich, Poppelsdorf; 1969 : Amt Duisdorf, Beuel, Bad Godesberg, Buschdorf, Duisdorf, Ippendorf, Lengsdorf, Lessenich, Röttgen, Holzlar, Oberkassel

Wappen von Bonn/Arms (crest) of Bonn
Official blazon
  • (1971) Geteilt von Silber und Rot, oben ein durchgehendes schwarzes Balkenkreuz, unten ein hersehender schreitender goldener Löwe.
  • (until 1971) Geteilt von Silber und Blau, oben ein durchgehendes, silbern-schwarz geständertes Balkenkreuz, unten ein schreitender goldener Löwe.
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The arms were officially granted on March 4 1971.

Bonn received city rights probably in the early 13th century. The oldest seal, known since 1250, shows the patron saint, St. Cassius, depicted as a knight. The next seal, dating from the 14th century, shows the cross of Köln and the lion. The area was part of the diocese of Köln. The lion is a symbol for the old 'Dingstuhl' or justice-place. The lion is often named 'Wölfchen' (little wolf) or 'Leopard' and is sometimes shown standing on a boar. On the ante-seals of the city only the lion is shown.

During the years the colours of the lower half of the arms have changed often. The most widely used colours were a red lion on a blue shiled, generally used from 1792-1971. But Hupp showed in the 1930s the arms with a silver field. Similarly, as can be seen from the images below, the lion has been crowned and with or without golden nails.

Seal of Bonn

The arms on a coin from 1699
Seal of Bonn

The arms on a medal from 1871
Seal of Bonn

Seal from around 1900
Seal of Bonn

Seal from around 1900
Coat of arms (crest) of Bonn

The arms on a postcard, 1900-1905
Wappen von Bonn/Coat of arms (crest) of Bonn

The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
Arms (crest) of Bonn

The arms in the Abadie albums
Wappen von Bonn/Coat of arms (crest) of Bonn

Municipal tax stamp, 1950s.
Wappen von Bonn/Coat of arms (crest) of Bonn

Wappen von Bonn/Coat of arms (crest) of Bonn

The arms used prior to 1971 (images from 1898, 1900 and 1960s)
Wappen von Bonn/Coat of arms (crest) of Bonn

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Literature: Stadler, K. : Deutsche Wappen - Bundesrepublik Deutschland; Nagel, Rheinisches Wappenbuch