Reuters founder becomes Baron de Reuter
Duke Ernst II of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha conferred a German barony on Paul Julius Reuter on 7 September 1871. Henceforth he was known as Baron de Reuter. His coat of arms featured the globe on a blue shield broken by rays of lightning from its four corners. The motto was per mare per terras (by land and sea). Queen Victoria recognised the title 20 years later in 1891.