Blazon: Vert a bend sinister argent, surmounted by a bear rampant sable armed and langued gules
The bear is drawn from the arms of the local monastary of St. Gallus; legend has it that a bear helped the saint build a hermitage. There is another legend that, in 1576, the village of Appenzell mocked the symbol of the city (then called St. Gallen) as not masculine enough. This apparently contributed to a military conflict between the areas. The current design is the result of a 1975 contest.