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Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
German Civic Heraldry


State : Sachsen-Anhalt
District (Kreis) : Wittenberg

The arms were granted on December 17, 1993.
The arms are based on the oldest known seal of the city, dating from 1477. The arms show a tower, symbol for the fortified city, and a small shield with the arms of Meissen. In 1377 the city was acquired by the Counts of Meissen.
The oldest use of the composition as arms dates from around 1700. The addition of the laurel branch most likely is a misinterpretation of the decoration on the oldest seal.
Prior to 1993 the city used the same composition, but in different colours, see below.

Literature : Bensing et al., 1984; new image obtained from stadtinformation@graefenhainichen.de

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