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Coat of arms of Austria
Austria Bundesadler.svg
Versions
Austria Bundesadler 1919-1934.svg
First Republic, 1919–1934
Österreich-Wappen (1934-1938).svg
Federal State ("Corporate" State) 1934–1938
Details
Armiger Republic of Austria
Adopted 1945
Crest A mural crown Or
Escutcheon Gules, a fess argent (arms of the Duchy of Austria, flag of Austria)
Supporters An eagle sable gambed Or displayed
Other elements The eagle bears a sickle Or in dexter talon and a hammer Or in sinister talon. The gambs also bear broken iron chains.
Earlier versions As current version but without broken chains (1919–1934), Imperial-style double headed eagle (1934–1938)

The current coat of arms of Austria has been in use by the Republic of Austria since 1919. Between 1934 and the 1938 Austria used a different coat of arms. It had a double-headed eagle. In 1945 the original coat of arms returned, with broken chains added to show Austria's freedom.

Symbolism

The symbols and emblems used in the Austrian arms are as follows:

  • The Eagle: Austria's freedom (introduced 1919)
  • The escutcheon Emblem of Austria (late Middle Ages, reintroduced 1915)
  • The mural crown: The middle class (introduced 1919)
  • The sickle: Agriculture (introduced 1919)
  • The Hammer: Industry (introduced 1919)
  • The broken chains: Freedom from National Socialist dictatorship (added 1945)