Coat of arms of Szczecin

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Coat of arms of Szczecin
Adoptedc. 1360 (first appearance)
2 December 1996 (current version)
BlazonBlue Iberian style escutcheon
CompartmentRed griffin head

The coat of arms that serves as the symbol of the city of Szczecin in West Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland depicts the head of a red griffin with a yellow (golden) beak wearing a yellow (golden) crown, placed on the blue background.[1]


The coat of arms is a blue Iberian style escutcheon (shield) with square top and rounded base. It has a head of a griffin with red feathers, a symbol of house of Griffin, a dynasty that ruled in Pomerania during the Medieval Ages. The crown and beak of the griffin are golden (yellow). The size proportion of the coat of arms height to width is 1:0.75 (4:3). The border of the escutcheon is a golden (yellow) stripe.[1]


1898 depiction of the coat of arms of Szczecin by Otto Hupp.[2]

The griffin, a mythical creature present in the coat of arms, had appeared for the first time in city's seals during the 8th century. The current design originated around 1360 while the period of the formation of escutcheon colour remains unknown. After 1660, Charles IX, king of Sweden, had added two lions holding it from both sides. It's unknown when the city went back to the previous design.[3]

From after 1321 until 1994, the nearby town of Police, used the design of the coat of arms of Szczecin, as its own coat of arms.[4][5]

The current coat of arms was established by the City Council of Szczecin on 2 December 1996[6] and later confirmed by the city by-law on 14 December 2004.[7]

Usage in the flags and emblems[edit]

The coat of arms is present in the current flag of Szczecin.[1] It is also used in the emblem of the Multinational Corps Northeast of NATO,[8] as well as in the emblems of the 12th Mechanised Division and the 5th Sapper Brigade of the Polish Armed Forces.[9][10]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Regulamin insygniów miasta" (PDF). (in Polish).
  2. ^ Otto Hupp: Die Wappen und Siegel der Deutschen Städte, Flecken und Dörfer, 1898.
  3. ^ Encyklopedia Szczecina, vol. 1, p. 336.
  4. ^ Marian Gumowski: Herby miast polskich. Warsaw: Arkady, 1960, p. 272.
  5. ^ Encyklopedia Polic. Police: Town Council of Police, 2015, p. 83. ISBN 978-83-64665-00-4.
  6. ^ Uchwała Nr XXVIII/360/96 Rady Miejskiej w Szczecinie z dnia 2 grudnia 1996 r. w sprawie przyjęcia Statutu Miasta Szczecina (Dz. Urz. Woj. Szczecińskiego z 1996 r. Nr 22, poz. 159)
  7. ^ Uchwała Nr XXX/598/04 Rady Miasta Szczecina z dnia 14 grudnia 2004 r. w sprawie przyjęcia Statutu Miasta Szczecina (Dz. Urz. Woj. Zachodniopomorskiego z 2005 r. Nr 10, poz. 178)
  8. ^ "Multinationales Korps Nordost". (in German).[dead link]
  10. ^ 5 Brygada Saperów w 50 rocznice powstania