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Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
German Civic Heraldry

KELHEIM

State : Bayern
District (Kreis) : Kelheim

Origin/meaning:
The arms were granted in 1950 and are based on the oldest known seal of the city. The seal probably dates from around 1280 and is known since 1292. The arms show a city wall with two towers on the bank of the Donau river. Between the two towers a small shield with the arms of the Wittelsbach family is shown. The family ruled the city since the 13th century until 1918 (as Dukes and Kings of Bayern).

Since 1523 the small shield showed th enew city arms; a combination of the diamonds of the Wittelsbach family and a grape vine. The latter most likely was a symbol for the importance of the viticulture for the area. These arms were used until 1809.

On December 18, 1809 the city received new arms from King Max I Joseph of Bayern. These arms showed a lion holding a sword and sceptre on the shield with the diamonds. The arms refer to the sacrifices the city had to take during the war against Austria in 1709. These arms have been used until 1950.

Literature : Stadler, 1964-1971, 8 volumes; Hupp, O: Kaffee Hag albums, 1920s



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