Steel Crown of Romania

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The Crown
Heraldic representation

The Steel Crown of King Carol I of Romania was forged at the Army Arsenal (Arsenalul Armatei) in Bucharest from the steel of a cannon captured by the Romanian Army from the Ottomans during its War of Independence (1877-1878).

Carol I chose steel, and not gold, to symbolize the bravery of the Romanian soldiers. He received it during the ceremonies of his coronation and of the proclamation of Romania as a kingdom in 1881. It is the same Crown used in 1922 at the coronation of King Ferdinand I and Queen Maria as sovereigns of Romania, which took place in Alba-Iulia. The Crown was used also during the coronation[1] and anointing as King of Michael I by the Orthodox Patriarch of Romania, Nicodim Munteanu, in the Patriarchal Cathedral of Bucharest, on the very day of his second accession, September 6, 1940.[2]

The National Socialist Party of Romania was a monarchist Nazi party. One of its logos was an eagle adapted from Nazi symbolism, clutching the swastika, but donning the Steel Crown of Romania.[3]

The coat of arms of Romania was augmented on 11 July 2016 to add a representation of the Steel Crown.[4]

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  1. ^ Fundamental Rules of the Royal Family of Romania Archived 2013-09-21 at the Wayback Machine, The Romanian Royal Family website as retrieved on January 8, 2008
  2. ^ (in Romanian) "The Joys of Suffering," Volume 2, "Dialogue with a few intellectuals", by Rev. Fr. Dimitrie Bejan - "Orthodox Advices" website as of January 21, 2008
  3. ^ Francisco Veiga, Istoria Gărzii de Fier, 1919–1941: Mistica ultranaționalismului. page 133, Bucharest: Humanitas, 1993. ISBN 973-28-0392-4
  4. ^ "Coroana revine pe stema României. Iohannis a promulgat legea care modifică însemnele oficiale - FOTO" (in Romanian). Mediafax. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2018.

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