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Although EU army missions feature Coat of Arms (EU-Military Staff; EU Nordic Battle Group; EU Helbroc, Balkan Battle Group; EU Operation Centre; EU Nafor Somalia) The European Union as a Union does not have a Heraldic Weapon. It would be complicated to agree with 27 Member States on such a decision.

The Coat of Arms for the European Union proposed here covers the main objectives of the Union. If it would be accepted and used by the interested European citizens, it would one day become official. So European citizens, NGO's, publishers, writers, magazines present it anywhere and as often as possible. (no copyright duties)






Heraldic Description

The Balance represents Justice based on the EU Charter of  Fundamental Rights , Democratic values, and Equal chances for everyone. Coloured in azure it indicates Sincerity and Solidarity. Its field of heraldic gold points to Generosity and Frankness of spirit.

The Cornucopia symbolizes Well Being qua Health and Fulfilment of Life. Its golden shine refers to Abundance and Wellness. The field of azure renders Loyalty and Reliability.

The Book stands for Freedom, Freedom of expression, Freedom of religion, Freedom of education and research. The Book in gold demands Highmindedness and its azure field accentuates Truthfulness and Honour.

The earth nursing Hand is an emblem of Durability. Durability of the earth; managing its climate, its energy, waterways, raw materials, plants and animals. The Hand with germ in azure reflects Authenticity and Truth to Nature. It is supported by a field of gold embracing Understanding and Wisdom.

The four quarters are hold together by its Escutcheon. It exhibits proudly the three thousand year-long Symbol of continent Europe in its geographical and political sense. As its eponym, the Greek classical Europe carries the Olive-branch of Peace, riding with the symbol of power, the Bull, into an ever closer European union.

Its DEVICE renders the basis for Unity, with an argent field implying Peace and Sincerity. It will result in the crowning of Europe with the vert laurel-wreath.


July 1, 2009          design: Europesname.eu

heraldic drawing: William   Coolen

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In the early sixties, actually four years after the ratification of the European Economic Community, the main Western European powers still had difficulties to accept a European Community with real powers. British Macmillan stayed outside, de Gaulle tried to undo it, and Adenhauer footed a large part of the bill.



 The German satirical Simplicissimus of september 1962 shows clearly the sceptical looks of the three gentlemen to     A Lady representing Europe (is this the first time the European symbol is being used for the European Community?). The underline reads: Large woman - but expensive, outrageously expensive. Cartoonist Manfred Oesterle.

August 2 2009                       internet research


Cameo's have been used as jewelry since classical times. Classical themes are used regularly on cameo's. Therefore it is rather strange that cameo's with the European symbol are difficult to trace. A 16th century cameo with Europe on a galloping bull is in possession of the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna. Recently I came across of a 19th century cameo  in golden setting with pearls.


Europe sitting on the lying bull is accompanied by a companion. A flower string is handled by the maiden. They have a kind of  classical hairdo. A seagod or triton comes up out of the water. In the air two cupido's. Its size is 8 cm high and 6 cm wide. Its origin is probably French, no indication of the artist. The scene reflects the centre of the painting by Francois Boucher (end 18th c.), now at the Louvre in Paris.

Found in The Hague  september 1, 2009                Private collection



The official Mints of ten European countries are cooperating in the 'European Medal Club, EMC'. The first medal minted in 2001 by the EMC countries is a silver one with the theme 'Europe and bull/Zeus'; the millennia old symbol of the European continent based on the classical Greek myth. Since the postwar development towards a political European entity, this Europe symbol is used by the Press as the symbol of the present European Union. Each medal features its own interpretation of the Europe myth c.q. symbol, accompanied with the heraldic device IN VARIETA CONCORDIA of the European Union. Curiously not all the ten countries are member of the European Monetary Union, EMU. The two participating non-members of the EMU are Norway and the UK. Somee say, two countries who want the benefits of the EU but not the common effort it implies. The names of the artists are mentioned under each medal. The medals have the same diameter of 38,61 mm, and weigh 46,66 g. Each Minthouse issued a maximum of 10.000 copies.


18_04                                                                                     18_05



18_06                                                18_07                                                    18_08

October, 1, 2009        from a numismatist   (next month five more medals)


Continuing the series of the EMC 10 Europa medals. The second five countries follow below:



18_09                                                                      18_10                                                                  18_11

Ist. Poligrafico & Zecca, Stato Itallia            Koninklijke Munt, Nederland                                  Münze Österreich        
Maria Carmela Colaneri                                Eric Claus                                                               Herbert Wähner
UNITA NELLA DIVERSITA                             EENHEID IN VERSCHEIDENHEID                          EINHEIT IN VIELFALT

The last two countries are not member of the European Monetary Union


 18_12                                                                     18_13                                       

Kongelige Mynt, Noorwegen                                   Royal Mint, United Kingdom
Jolanta Lindau
                                        Philip Natan
ENHET I MANGFOLD                                           UNITY IN DIVERSITY

The Dutch coin-monthly, Muntloerier, no 7, 2001, published an article "Penningenserie -Europa en de Stier-" on these ten medals.

It is a pity that of the regular Euro coins only the Greek 2-Euro coin carries Europe an  bull/Zeus.

Brussels, Nov. 1 2009,             the same numismatist.



Modern Art combines performance and arbitrary display. A modern interpretation of the allegory of Europe suggests the eternal cycle of decay and rebirth, encompassing 3000 years of passion. The  image shows the artist, as a life-model, relating with the decayed bull into a unified work of art.


 A beautiful girl rides as a wilful Europe on the petrified bull/Zeus. Arriving at the coast of the continent the bull/god fulfils his mission. Europe continues her quest for an unified continent, he named after her.

Crete, december 2        the artist