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Seal of the City of Los Angeles
Seal of Los Angeles, California.svg
Armiger City of Los Angeles
Adopted March 27, 1905
Use To represent the city and to authenticate certain edicts and documents.

The seal of the City of Los Angeles contains the coat of arms of the city of Los Angeles, a city located in the southern portion of 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). It was adopted on March 27, 1905, via Ordinance 10,834.

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.

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, 19th century version (an eagle displayed reguardant and biting a serpent), signifying the city's history under Mexico
  • lower right: the arms of Castile and León (which together formed the Crown of Castile), signifying the city's history as a Spanish colony
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