Arms of Dorfgastein, Austria


Granted 1952

Blazon: Gules pointé in base or, three roundels counterchanged

The partition of the field is from the arms of the Lords of Goldegg, who held (disputed) control over the valley from 1272 presumably through the house’s extinction in 1449. The roundels are derived from the arms of Nonnberg Abbey, which formerly held possession of the village of Unterberg, one of the six villages included in the municipality. (You can see the abbey’s arms on the dexter here, though the tinctures are hard to make out; the sinister arms are those of the Schneeweiß family.)

Arms of Dorfbeuern, Austria


Granted 1965

Blazon: Per pale gules and azure two wings displayed argent, surmounted by three roundels in pile of the first, second, and third

The wings (and possibly also the division per pale) are derived from the arms of Michaelbeuren Abbey, though I’m not quite clear on whether those are the arms of the abbey itself, or the abbot Ulrich Hofbauer. (The positioning here suggests the abbey, though; I’d guess the sinister coat is the abbot’s personal arms. Traditionally, in ecclesiastical heraldry, the arms of one’s office take precedence over any personal arms.) The three roundels are a symbol of St. Nicholas, the town’s patron saint, albeit with a tincture swap; they are more usually depicted as bezants, the better to recall the story of the anonymous gift of three dowries.

Arms of Marie de’Medici



Blazon: Per quarterly I and IV o five torteaux in orle, in chief a roundel of France (Medici), II and III gules a fess argent (Austria)

These are Marie’s arms from before her marriage. In a classic example of quartering, the first and fourth quarters display the arms of her father, Francesco I de’Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, while the second and third come from her mother, Archduchess Joanna of Austria. Since both parents were armigers, all of their children would have been entitled to bear their arms quartered. Upon marrying King Henry IV of France, she would have quartered his arms in the first and fourth quarters with the above arms in the second and third.

Arms of St. Edmundsbury Borough Council, England

Arms in use since 1606; no date known for the rest of the achievement

Blazon: Azure a representation of the Sword of St. Edmundsbury Borough Council in its scabbard proper between in fess two pairs of arrows in saltire argent each pair enfiled by an ancient crown or

Crest: On a wreath of the colors upon a grassy mount a wolf sejant proper dexter paw upon a king’s head couped at the neck also proper crowned or

Supporters: On the dexter a lion rampant chevronelly or and gules charged on the shoulder with a roundel gules fretty or, on the sinister an ounce* sable bezanté collared compony counter-compony argent and azure and charged on the shoulder with a roundel or fretty sable

Mantling: Gules lined argent

Motto: Sacrarium regis cunabula legis (Shrine of the king, cradle of the law)

*Snow leopard

Arms of Teruel, Spain (province)

Granted ?

Blazon: Per quarterly I or four palets gules (Aragon); II azure a bull statant, in chief a molet eight points argent (El Toro); III argent a representation of the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus proper seated on a throne or lined gules (Albarracín); IV argent a castle triple-towered between two reeds palewise proper (Alcañiz); overall in the fess point a roundel gules charged with St. George armored proper, cloaked and nimbed or, mounted on a horse salient argent, saddled proper, bridled and harnessed of the second, trampling on a dragon vert


Arms of Salamanca, Spain (province)

In use since 1996

Blazon: Per quarterly, I azure three columns or 2 and 1 (Ciudad Rodrigo), II azure five bees volant in saltire or (Béjar), III argent five castles in saltire or, masoned sable, windowed azure (Peñaranda de Bracamonte), IV argent a sword in bend sinister proper surmounted by a feather in bend gules, in chief a passion cross paté azure (Vitigudino); overall a roundel per pall, i argent two lions’ heads combatant issuant from the partition line proper langued gules, ii argent on a bridge proper dexter a bull passant sable and sinister a tree eradicated vert, iii or four palets gules within a bordure azure charged with eight crosses paté argent (Salamanca)