Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
German Civic Heraldry
State : Thüringen
District (Kreis) : Gotha
The arms show St. Gothardus (961-1038), Bishop of Hildesheim. He already appears in the oldest known seal of the city, dating from 1250. Why the bishop is chosen is not clear, it may be as a canting symbol. There is no historical relation between the city and the bishop.
The basic composition has not changed since, but the shape of the saint and the other attributes has changed considerably during the centuries.
Hupp showed in the 1920s the arms in a more simplified version:
Literature : Hupp, O: Kaffee Hag albums, 1920s; Benzing et al, 1984; Ulle, 1997