Commons:WikiProject Heraldry/Coats of arms description

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  • The description of coat of arms cannot be restricted to the name of the holder :
    • in heraldry the blazon or description of a coat of arms should be given together with its picture, because blazon and picture are two different ways to represent a coat of arms.
    • Always give references as to where blazon or description of a coat of arms come from. It is especially important in countries without heraldic authority, and in case of historical coats of arm.
  • In the case of SVG image, you should use elements from other SVG images available on Commons, but you have to properly attribute these elements.


The template {{COAInformation}} was created to help users giving these informations, and to standardize its presentation.
It works like {{Information}}, except that the Information field is replaced by:

  • |blasonen= : name of the holder of the coat of arms
  • |blasonnement-en= : blazon
  • |ref-en= : references

You can also add in the Source field the SVG images from which you extracted elements:

  • |figure1= |figure2= |figure3= |figure4= |figure5=


This template also works in languages other than English (en); you only need to replace the language code as follows:

Catalan (ca), Czech (cs), Danish (da), German (de), Esperanto (eo), Spanish (es), Basque (eu), Finnish (fi), French (fr), Galician (gl), Hungarian (hu), Italian (it), Dutch (nl), Polish (pl), Portuguese (pt), Russian (ru), Swedish(sv).

Ask here if you want to add another language.
Examples (see image descriptions)