Heraldry of the world

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Heraldry of the World is a private website which is devoted only to civic heraldry, i.e. coats of arms of cities, states, municipalities, countries etc. It also includes an attempt to make a complete catalogue of heraldic (paper based) collector's items, again with the main focus on civic heraldry.

The wiki-part of the site contains at present 82,691 pages and 157,640 images, the total site has over 60.000 pages. There have been 899,603 pageviews since June 2010.

The site was created in 1996 as Nederlandse Gemeentewapens (Dutch civic arms, hence the domain name www.ngw.nl) and went global in 1999 as International Civic Arms, since 2010 it is known as Heraldry of the World. It is by far the largest collection of civic coats of arms ever published and still growing.

Although as much information on the arms as possible will be included, like pictures, meaning and history, often there is just a picture, not a description of the arms, nor a history. Any additional information thus is welcome ! All information is taken from public sources (books, internet) and the sources are always mentioned and credited. Most pictures are scans from books, with the exception of the Dutch civic arms, where all the pictures are made by myself.


Arms of countries, areas or provinces that do not exist anymore, are placed under the country in which the area is situated at this moment. For example, cities, which were granted arms during the Russian Empire, are now under the individual countries. Similarly, towns in the former German provinces of Prussia and Posen are placed under Poland, the South African Colonies and Homelands are under South Africa and Dutch East Indies are under Indonesia.

Present and former colonies and (semi-independent) overseas territories that do not form a single present country are listed under the parent country, except for the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which is listed separately.

Largest collections

over 10.000 arms Over 5000 Over 3000 Over 2000

All countries

For arms of non-existing or phantasy states see Micro-Nations

Collector's Items

The site also has a large section on heraldic collector's items

More at the Heraldic collector's items catalogue.

I am always looking for new items for the collection, see the Wanted page !

Educational and religious heraldry

There are separate sections for both educational (schools, universities ect) and religious (or ecclesiastical) heraldry.

About the site

The site has been on-line continuously since 1996 and started as a private hobby. Currently the majority of the site is still maintained by Ralf Hartemink, the founder and owner, with increasing contributions from other people, due to the wiki structure of the site. However, due to the enormous amount of material available, the site will always be under construction !

If you would like to contribute with content or as an editor, please send a mail to webmaster@ngw.nl for details and access.

  • Awards

Cool Site (1998)

Lycos (1999)

Sitekeuring.NET Award (2013)
  • Donations

If you want to donate items or images, click here, for financial donations please do so using PayPal to webmaster@ngw.nl or by normal mail to the contact address mentioned in the contact page. For security, I will not send any bank details by e-mail. People or companies that have donated money, will be mentioned with name of logo on this page if wanted. Please contact me if you would like to be mentioned.

Thank you !

Ralf Hartemink






random images from the site





Help maintaining Heraldry of the World !

Heraldry of the World is a private site, which is on-line since 1996. It is a hobby, which takes much time and money (books, hosting etc etc). If you would like to support this site, donations are very welcome ! You can support the site by donating items (books, pdf, images and other items) or financially using the PayPal button below.
All donations send to this specific PayPal address will be used for acquiring books or other items for the site and not for private use.