The first heraldic representations of Transylvania date from the 16th century. One of the predominant early symbols of Transylvania was the coat of arms of Sibiu city. In 1596 Levinus Hulsius created a coat of arms for the imperial province of Transylvania, consisting of a shield party per fess, with a rising eagle in the upper field and seven hills with towers on top in the lower field. He published it in his work "Chronologia", issued in Nuremberg the same year. The seal from 1597 of Sigismund Bathory, prince of Transylvania, reproduced the new coat of arms with some slight changes: in the upper field the eagle was flanked by a sun and a moon and in the lower field the hills were replaced by simple towers.
a red dividing band (originally not part of the coat of arms).
seven red towers with black doors in two series (4+3) on a gold background representing the seven fortified cities of the Transylvanian Saxons - the display is connected with German name of Transylvania - Siebenbürgen ("Seven Fortresses").
The red dividing band was used for the first time by PrinceMichael I Apafi, and its first variant was featured on gold coins he issued in 1666.
^Louis Craig Cornish, Transylvania, the land beyond the forest, Dorrance & company, 1947 p. 23
^Michael Kosztarab, Transylvanian roots: the true life adventures of a Hungarian-American, Pocahontas Press, 1997, p. 43
^Ströhl, Hugo Gerard (1890). Oesterreichish-Ungarische Wappenrolle. Vienna: Verlag von Anton Schroll & C°. p. XV. Retrieved 24 November 2011. Das Wappen entstand aus den Wappenbildern der magyarischen, sächsischen und der Széklernation. Die Siebenbürger Magyaren erhielten unter dem Fürsten Akusius Barcsay am 24. Mai 1659 (Landtag zu Mühlbach) ein eigenes Siegel: Einen auf einer Wiese stehenden, aufflatternden Adler mit der Umschrift: »Sigillvm Comitatum Transilvaniae«. (The coat of arms was formed from the crests of the Magyar, Saxon and Szekler nations. The Transylvanian Magyars received an own seal under Prince Akusius Barcsay on 24 May 1659 at the Diet of Mühlbach: a fluttering eagle standing on a field, with the inscription »Sigillvm Comitatum Transilvaniae«.)