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Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
German Civic Heraldry

GIESSEN

State : Hessen
District (Kreis) : Giessen
Additions : 1939 Klein-Linden, Wieseck; 1971 Allendorf/Lahn, Rödgen; 1979 Lützellinden

Wappen von Giessen

Origin/meaning:
The oldest seal of the city dates from 1248 and shows Count Wilhelm von Tübingen, Prince of the Palatine (Pfalz) as a knight on a horse. The city at the time belonged to the Pfalz. After the transfer to Hessen, the next seal (from 1264) shows the Count of Hessen as a mounted knight. In the 14th century the arms of Hessen appeared on the seal, supported by two dragons or two tree branches. Later seals show the lion of Hessen with a letter G. These seals were in use until the 19th century. At the same time the winged lion appeared as arms for the city. They were first registered in 1605 in the works of Siebmacher, and have not changed since.

Wappen von Giessen
The arms as shown in the Kaffee Hag albums
Wappen von Giessen
Local emergency money with the arms from 1920

Literature : Stadler, K. : Deutsche Wappen - Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Angelsachsen Verlag, 1964-1971, 8 volumes.



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