Seal of the City of Los Angeles
|Seal of the City of Los Angeles|
The lesser coat of arms of Los Angeles
as used by the Government
|Armiger||City of Los Angeles|
|Blazon||Quarterly: 1 United States, 2 California, 3 Mexico, 4 Spain|
|Use||On executive directives, commissions, and more|
The escutcheon is encircled by the legal name of the city (City of Los Angeles) and year founded (1781). It was adopted on March 27, 1905, via Ordinance 10,834.
The heraldic blazon of the coat of arms, as declared in the 1905 ordinance, is: Inside the ribbon, flanking the escutcheon, are grapes, olives, and oranges, major crops of California, on their plants. These are also symbolized in the colors of the flag of Los Angeles. The fruit are on a field or, bordered with a 77-bead rosary, which presents Spanish missions in California.
The arms are quarterly:
- 1st quarter: the lesser coat of arms of the United States. A field paleways of thirteen pieces argent and gules; chief, azure charged with five rays argent.
- 2nd quarter: the flag of the California Republic (1846) A field argent with a bear gules at bay, five rays gules, and fess base gules, sans text and ground.
- 3rd quarter: the coat of arms of Mexico (1823-1864). An eagle displayed reguardant and biting a serpent, symbolizing Mexican rule from 1822 until 1846.
- 4th quarter: the lesser coat of arms of Spain (1785-1873). The coats of arms of Castile and León, symbolizing Spanish rule from 1542 until 1821.
- The City Seal of Los Angeles at the University of Dayton
- The Forgotten Legacy of Los Angeles, the “City of Vines” at the California Historical Society
- Understanding The Los Angeles City Seal at Los Angeles Times