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BONN

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

Official blazon

  • (de) *(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.

Origin/meaning

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
Wappen von Bonn

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

The arms in the Abadie albums
Wappen von Bonn

Wappen von Bonn

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

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