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Civic heraldry of Germany - Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
State : Sachsen-Anhalt
District (Kreis) : Wittenberg (1994-2007 Anhalt-Zerbst, until 1994 Rosslau)
Additions : 2004 Zieko; 2008 Wörpen (1950 Wahlsdorf); 2009 Buko, Cobbelsdorf (1964 Pülzig), Düben, Hundeluft, Jeber-Bergfrieden (1950 Weiden), Klieken (1965 Buro), Köselitz, Möllensdorf, Ragösen (1950 Krakau), Senst, Serno (1950 Göritz, Grochewitz); 2010 Bräsen, Stackelitz, Thießen (1999 Luko)
The meaning of the arms is not quite clear. According to the Historie des Fürstentums Anhalt (Wittenberg, 1710), the figure should be Princess Cordula von Anhalt, who resided in the city in 1475. The composition, however, already appeared on the oldest seal of the city, dating from 1325. The small shield shows the arms of Brandenburg (eagle) and Sachsen (bars), the original arms of the Princes of Anhalt. The helmet is described as a symbol for protection. The stars are probably only decoration.
In the 1920s Hupp showed the arms in blue, but with a different small shield, namely a combination of Meissen and Brandenburg, see below
Seal from around 1900
The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
Literature : Bensing et al; 1984; new image from http://home.t-online.de/home/coswig-anhalt/dat_8.htm; Kaffee Hag albums, 1930s.
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