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Ancient Seal of Boro9ugh of Colchester
This seal dates from about the year 1189. On the reverse under the Castle, the Fishery of the town is heraldically indicated in three panels or compartments. The obverse bears a representation of St. Helena, patron saint of Colchester, and reputed daughter of King Coel of Colchester ("Old King Cole"). The inscription is: "Quam Crux Insignit Helenam Colcestria Gignit" (Colchester is the birth-place of Helena whom the cross makes famous). On the reverse: "Colcestrensis sum Burgi Commune Sigillum" (I am the common seal of the Borough of Colcester).

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