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Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
German Civic Heraldry

HERSCHEID

State : Nordrhein-Westfalen
District (Kreis) : Märkischer Kreis (1969-1975 Lüdenscheid, before 1969 Altena)

Origin/meaning:
The arms were granted on October 17, 1935.
The arms are based on the arms of the Counts of the Mark, with in the upper half a deer as a canting element (Her is derived from Hirsch, or deer). The deer also refers to a local legend in which the people from Herscheid and Valbert saved the life of the Count of the Mark and received free hunting rights around their villages.

Literature : Mayer, 1940



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