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Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
German Civic Heraldry

MONTABAUR

State : Rheinland-Pfalz
District (Kreis) : Unterwesterwaldkreis

Wappen von Montabaur

Origin/meaning:
Montabaur received city rights in 1291 and the oldest known seal dates from the same year. It already shows the city behind a wall, with St. Peter in the gate and the two small shields. St. Peter is the patron saint of the city and the diocese of Trier, to which the city belonged. The small shields with the cross are the arms of the diocese of Trier. All later seals show the same composition, which was copied to the arms in 1908.

Previously the city used as arms a single cross. This was abandoned in 1906, probably as a single cross is more common and the arms were thus more difficult to distinguish from arms of other cities.

Wappen von Montabaur
Seal of the city from around 1930
Wappen von Montabaur
The arms as shown in the Coffee Hag albums (1930s)

Literature : Stadler, K. : Deutsche Wappen - Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Angelsachsen Verlag, 1964-1971, 8 volumes.



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