Amiens

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AMIENS

Département : Somme

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Official blazon

De gueules au lierre d'argent ; au chef d'azur semé de fleurs de lis d'or.
Motto : "liliis tenaci vimine jungor"

The arms are decorated with the following medals:

  • Légion d’honneur (since June 2, 1948).
  • Croix de guerre 1914-1918.
  • Croix de guerre 1939-1945

Origin/meaning

Philippe Auguste supposedly granted the arms to the city of Amiens in 1185.


These arms underwent many transformations ever since: at the beginning the background was completely red, then it was decorated with an arabesques which became two branches of wicker, and then leaves of ivy meaning "the loyalty and the constant alliance of the city to the French crown".

During the Empire the blue part with golden lilies of France was replaced by three golden bees upon a red chief.

The arms on collector's items :

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The arms in the Café Sanka album +/- 1932
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The arms on a tobacco card by Laurens
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The arms on a postcard
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The arms on a local token or medal from 1886
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The arms on a trade card, 1920s
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The arms on a postcard, 1990s
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The arms on a postcard by Robert Louis
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The arms on a British tobacco card, 1906

The arms in the city:

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The arms on the city hall

Literature : Image taken from La banque du blason (with permission); background from a local tourist leaflet.