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Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
German Civic Heraldry


State : Niedersachsen
District (Kreis) : Emsland (until 1978 Meppen)
Additions : 1974 Apeldorn, Bokeloh, Borken, Emslage, Helte, Hemsen, Holthausen, Hüntel, Schwefingen und Teglingen

Meppen received city rights in 1383 from Adolf, Bishop of Münster. The oldest seal probably dates from the same time, but is known only from 1483. The seal already showed the above arms, with Saint Paul as supporter behind the shield. The colours and the bar are derived from the arms of the diocese and State of Münster. The cross most likely is just a local symbol to distinguish the arms from the state arms.

The arms as shown in 1891

Literature : Stadler,1964-1971, 8 volumes; Kaffee Hag picture albums, 1920s; Ahrens, 1891

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