Jersey

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JERSEY

Coat of arms/crest of Jersey

Official blazon

Gules three lions passant guardant in pale Or armed and langued Azure.

Origin/meaning

The arms are those of the Kingdom of England and of Normandy. The arms are identical to those used by Guernsey (except for the small leaf on top of the Guernsey arms).

The arms have never officially been granted to the islands. The arms are derived from the oldest known seals of the island, which were granted in 1290/1 by King Edward I. The seals showed the royal arms, i.e. the three lions. Ever since the islands have used the royal arms as their own, on seals, prints and coins.

The continued use of the royal arms was granted after a long discussion in 1907, but the arms were not officially granted to the islands.

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The arms as used on a JaJa postcard +/- 1905
Arms (crest) of Jersey

The arms in the Abadie albums
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The arms on a 1813 coin
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The arms on a 1966 coin

Parishes of Jersey

Jersey is divided into 12 parishes, all use arms, mainly with the attribute of the parish saint.

See also Heraldic stamps of Jersey


Literature : Bretton, no year.