Solothurn (canton)

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SOLOTHURN

Wappen von Solothurn (canton)/Arms (crest) of Solothurn (canton)

Official blazon

Origin/meaning

The arms of Solothurn are derived from and identical to the arms of the city of Solothurn. The only difference is the use of the supporters by the Canton.

The arms are derived from the old banner of the city, and is used on seals since 1394. The colours are known since 1443. The shield itself thus has not changed since.

A large number of seals are known for the city. The oldest seals of the city showed the local patron saint, St. Ursus. He initially holds a shield with a cross, but from the 15th century onwards he is gradually replaced by the arms of the city. Several seals were used at the same time period.

Seal of Soloturn

The seal from 1230
Seal of Soloturn

The seal from 1251
Seal of Soloturn

The seal from 1262
Seal of Soloturn

The seal from 1318
Seal of Soloturn

The seal from the early 15th century
Seal of Soloturn

The seal from 1394
Seal of Soloturn

The seal from the 15th century
Seal of Soloturn

The seal from the late 15th century
Seal of Soloturn

The seal from 1462
Seal of Soloturn

The seal from 1473
Coat of arms (crest) of Solothurn (canton)

The arms in a 16th century manuscript
Coat of arms (crest) of Solothurn (canton)

The arms in the Wapen- en Vlaggenboek van Gerrit Hesman (1708)

Until the early 18th century the arms were often shown besides the Imperial eagle, as the area was part of the Holy Roman Empire. In the late 18th century the power of the empire became less and less and the eagle was replaced by the ducal crown. The lions were added around the same time.

Coins of the city and canton:

Arms of Soloturn

The arms on a 15th century coin
Arms of Soloturn

The arms on a 1549 coin
Arms of Soloturn

The arms on a 1623 coin
Arms of Soloturn

The arms on a 1760 coin
Arms of Soloturn

The arms on a 1797 coin
Arms of Soloturn

The arms on a 1813 coin



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Literature : Mühlmann, L. : Wappen und Fahnen der Schweiz, Bühler Verlag, Lengnau, 1977 and 1997.