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Civic heraldry of Denmark - Danmarks Kommunevåbener
The arms were officially registerd in 1949.
The arms are based on the oldest known seal, dating from 1535. All later seals and arms have shown the same three fish. The main source of income for the city is fisheries, which explains the arms.
Seal of Rudkøbing from 1608.
Seal of Rudkøbing from 1610.
Seal of Rudkøbing from 1650.
The arms as shown on a banner from 1898 (collection De Fynske Landsby)
The arms as shown in the Kaffe Hag album from the 1930s.
The arms as shown on a cigarette card from 1926