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Département : Nord
Additions : 1970 Malo-les-Bains; 1972 Petite-Synthe, Rosendael; 1980 Mardyck; 2010 Fort-Mardyck, Saint-Pol-sur-Mer

Blason de Dunkerque/Arms (crest) of Dunkirk
Official blazon

Coupé: au 1er d'or à un lion léopardé de sable, armé et lampassé de gueules, au 2e d'argent à un dauphin couché d'azur, barbé, crêté, lorré, oreillé et peautré de gueules.

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The fish is the oldest known symbol of the city and can already be seen on a seal of the city from 1244. The lion is the lion of Flandre/Vlaanderen as the city was made into a larger port by the Counts of Vlaanderen in the 13 and 14th centuries.

Wapen van Dunkerque

The arms in 1562
Blason de Dunkerque

The arms in Traversier (1842)
Blason de Dunkerque

The arms in the Café Sanka album +/- 1932
Blason de Dunkerque

The arms on a tobacco card by Laurens
Wappen von Dunkerque

The arms in the Abadie albums

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Literature: J.J. Lartigue, Armorial général des communes de France, Paris, 1995; Info from Dirk Hillebrandt, Belgium. Image by Massimo Ghirardi.