The coat of arms was approved on February 15, 1967, and in 1988 it was modified according to the historical version of the 17th century.
The image of the wall with open gates is a symbol of the self-dependence of the city. Two keys above the wall symbolize the Rigans’ friendship and hospitability: the gates of the city are always open for friends. The golden star is a symbol of the Soviet statehood.
Fastening is on a safety pin. The method of painting is cold enamel.
The pin was made in the USSR in 1987.
The distinctive features of the rarity original pin are the manufacturer’s unique mark and stamped price on the back of the pin. In the Soviet Union due to the absence of the freewheeling economy, goods prices had been fixed for the whole country.
The text stamped on the back of the pin “40K” means “Price 15 kopecks.” For that time it was a very high price.
The pin is a valuable collector’s item.
Coat of arms of the Latvian capital in its modern form represents a silver shield with an image of a dark red embedded wall with two towers which are with a pointed roof (now without vanes) and trapezoidal roof between them; the golden head of a lion is on alarm in the open gates. At the top there is a golden German clawlike cross, instead of the five-pointed star. Above it there is a golden crown, under it – two crossed black keys. The shield is held by two golden turned around lions standing on the silver pedestal. The image of the wall with opened gates is a symbol of self-dependence, and the lion at the gates – the residents’ readiness to defend their houses from enemies.
Two keys above the wall means that the city is being patronised by St Peter. The golden German Cross of the Order of Livonia is the ancient symbol of its power over the city. Above the cross there is a golden royal crown as a symbol of the supreme power; the crown appeared on the coat of arms in the XVII century as the crown of the ruler of Sweden, being a sign of his special favor to the city.