|Heraldry of the World (Wappen der Welt)|
Civic heraldry of Germany - Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
State : Niedersachsen
District (Kreis) : Goslar (until 1972 Zellerfeld)
Samtgemeinde : Samtgemeinde Oberharz
Additions : 1924 Clausthal, Zellerfeld; 2015 Altenau, Schulenberg im Oberharz, Wildemann, Samtgemeinde Oberharz
After the merger of the two cities in 1924, new arms were granted in 1934.
The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
The arms are based on the old seal of Clausthal, which is known since 1556. The miner's tools indicate the importance of mining in the area, already in the 15th century. The lion is the lion of Welfen dynasty, as the area historically belonged to Hannover, ruled by the Welfen family. The cross and crucifixion-scene are canting; a small chapel is called Klause in German.
The original arms of 1934 were slightly changed (removal of the green base) in 1955 to the present arms.
Literature : Stadler, 1964-1971, 8 volumes.
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