Coat of arms of the University of Oxford

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The coat of arms of the University of Oxford depicts an open book with the inscription Dominus illuminatio mea ("The Lord is my light"), surrounded by three golden crowns.

A blazon of this would be:

The arms have been in existence since around 1400, varying in appearance over the centuries. The number of seals and the text, for example, have both varied. The modern version of the arms in which they are not borne on a shield, but rather surrounded by a garter bearing the text UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, was designed in 1993 and is a registered trademark.

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  1. ^ University of Oxford. (2005.) Oxford University Calendar 2005–2006, Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-928370-2. p. 1 features a blazon of the coat of the arms of the university.

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