LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 18 April 2010

The Seal of Los Angeles

The seal of Los Angeles contains the coat of arms of the city of Los Angeles, a city in the U.S. state of California. The shield is encircled by the legal name of the city (City of Los Angeles) and its date of founding (1781).

Inside the circle, flanking the shield, 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. On Los Angeles guided tours, take notice of the seal of LAPD vehicles throughout the city.

The arms are quarterly:

  • upper left: the shield of the United States with thirteen stars on the chief
  • upper right: the Flag of California (a field argent with California grizzly bear at bay, five-pointed star, and fess base gules), sans text and ground
  • lower left: the Coat of arms of Mexico 1867-1968 version (an eagle displayed reguardant and biting a serpent), signifying the city’s history under Mexico
  • lower right: the arms of Castile and León, signifying the city’s history as a Spanish colony.
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