Country : Belgium
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The arms were granted on October 20, 1818 and again with supporter on May 25, 1838 and December 18, 1990.
Tongeren is the oldest city in Belgium, already an important town in Roman times. The oldest seal of the city of Tongeren dates from the 13th century and shows a fortified city. Later the seals showed a shield with (variations) of the arms of the Van Elderen family. In the 15th century the Van Elderen family acted as vassals of the Bishops of Liège, to which the city belonged.
In 1496 the arms of Arnold van Elderen were described as a shield of vair, with a bar. Later images changed the components to the above arms, in which the vair has been replaced by 9 pieces of vair and the bar reduced to a smaller bar placed in the upper half of the shield.
The arms in the Koffie Hag/Café Hag albums +/- 1930
The arms on a police badge (source)
The arms on a Dutch Willem II cigar band
Literature: Servais, 1955
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