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Silver seal matrix: 1381

Silver seal matrix: 1381
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 29cm

Full image caption

Silver seal matrix. The design is very worn. There are two figures in the centre: St. Paul with a sword and St. Thomas Becket, in archbishop's robes. Below are the arms of the city of London - a cross and a sword. This seal also includes two serjeants-at-arms on either side; below is the shield of arms of the City (the first time these arms appear) with two lions; above is the Virgin and Child, flanked by angels. The inscription reads "sigill: maioratus: civitatis: london". This is London's second mayoralty seal. It was officially adopted on 17 April 1381 replacing an earlier seal that was considered 'too small, rude and ancient, and unbecoming and derogatory from the honour of the City'.

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1381 AD - 1381 AD
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