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Civic heraldry of Croatia
County : Primorje-Gorski Kotar County
The arms were officially adopted on September 26, 1998.
The arms of the city of Rijeka is basically the same as the coat of arms granted on 6th June 1659 by Croatian king and Austrian emperor Leopold I.
The arms refers to Rijeka (litterary meaning "river") and the short swift water-rich river Rjecina after which the city is named. During the history Rijeka (known also by the Italian name Fiume) had special status in Austria-Hungary, and after the World War it was proclaimed free city.
The arms replaced arms granted on March 26, 1998, which were slightly different and more to the historical original.
From 1967-1998 the city used a rather different emblem:
The arms on a Fassi trade card
The arms in the Brioschi albums 1930s
The arms on a special stamp (1916)
The arms on an Italian trade card
The arms in the Abadie albums