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Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
German Civic Heraldry

SCHWÄBISCH HALL

District (Kreis) : Schwäbisch Hall
Additions : 1970s Bibersfeld, Eltershofen, Gailenkirchen, Gelbingen, Sulzdorf, Tüngental, Weckrieden
State : Baden-Württemberg

Origin/meaning:
Schwäbisch Hall became a city in 1276 and was part of Staufen. In 1803 it became part of Württemberg. In the Middle Agres it was one of the most important minting towns. The local coin, Heller, became one of the most important coin-names in Germany. The oldest seal of the city, dating from 1228 already showed the cross and hand of the coins. Three coins were shown on this seal. A later seal, dating from around 1270 showed the two coins as in the present arms (but not placed in a shield). As arms the two coins are used already in the 15th century, as are the colours of the arms. Besides the arms with the coins, sometimes a shield with the imperial eagle was used. The arms are thus not basically changed since the 16th century.

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



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