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Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
German Civic Heraldry

MEININGEN

State : Thüringen
District (Kreis) : Schmalkalden-Meiningen

Wappen von Meiningen

Origin/meaning:
The arms show a walled city with in the gate the small arms of the Counts of Henneberg. The walled city with five towers was already used on the seals in the 14th century and, according to legend, granted by Emperor Ludwig IV in 1344. At the time the city was a possession of the Bishops of Würzburg and the seal thus showed a bishop in the gate. Only after 1541, when the city became a possession of the Counts of Henneberg, the rooster appeared.

Wappen von Meiningen
The arms as shown in the Kaffee Hag albums
Wappen von Meiningen
Local emergency money with the arms from 1921

Literature : Hupp, O: Kaffee Hag albums, 1920s; Benzing et al, 1984; Ulle, 1998



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