The coat of arms of Stephen the Great on a bell cast for the chapel of his palace in Bis­tritsa
1502

The coat of arms of Stephen the Great on a bell cast for the chapel of his palace in Bis≠tritsa. The arms are a quarterly with a bull¥s head for crest. A description and a representation of these arms are in a bible made in 1502 for Stephen in Zografu monastery on Athos by a certain Father Philip. [9]

1502 Arms: º: 1. Azure a double cross bottony Or (Jagiello); 2. Or, three fesses Vert (Basarab); 3. Vert, three roses Or fimbriated Gules per bend; 4. Azure, a thunderbolt Or per bend sinister. In fess point a sun radiant .

Crest: A bullís head with a six-ponted star between its horns between a sun radiant and a crescent Or.

 

The patriarchal cross Or on a blue field, is the blason of the Jagellones of Poland/Lithuania.

In his later rule Stephen the Great quarreled with John Albert of Poland (1492-1501) with which he made a truce in 1497. The arms with the bull¥s head were used by both the rulers of Moldavia and Poland. The crest of a bull¥s head by the rulers of Moldavia only.

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