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ALTMARKKREIS SALZWEDEL (SAW)
(de) Gespalten und halb geteilt von Silber, Gold und Blau, vorn am Spalt ein roter Adler mit goldener Bewehrung, hinten oben ein aufgerichteter blauer Löwe mit roter Zunge und Bewehrung, hinten unten ein goldener vorheraldischer ankerkreuzförmiger Beschlag.
The arms were granted on November 24, 1994.
The eagle is the eagle of Brandenburg, as the majority of the county was part of Brandenburg since 1807. The eagle was also part of the arms of Gardelegen and Salzwedel. The lion is the lion of Lüneburg as the former county of Klötze historically was part of Braunschweig-Lüneburg. In 1815 Klötze was taken from Prussia and transferred to Sachsen. The last quarter shows a figure which has been used by Albecht dem Bären as a symbol for the Altmark
Literature : Papendieck, H. : Die Wappen der Landkreise und kreisfreien Städte des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt. Landesarchiv Magdeburg, 1996.
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