Lyon

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Civic heraldry of France - Armorial de France

LYON

Département : Rhône

Origin/meaning

The lion is a canting symbol for the city, and has been used on the seals of the city since the 13th century. The chief of France was granted by King Philippe V in 1320. The arms have not changed since.

The city has since 1949 the right to use the chain of the Légion d'honneur around the shield. The city also uses the motto "avant avant lion le melhor"


The arms in the Café Sanka album +/- 1932

The arms on a tobacco card by Laurens

The arms on a trade card from Félix Potin

The arms on a postcard by Barré Dayez

The arms on a postcard by Kroma

The arms on a British tobacco card from around 1906

The arms on a postcard by Maurice Jacquez

The arms on a postcard from the 1990s

The arms on a stamp


Literature : Tricou et al., 1963

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