Altena (Märkischer Kreis)

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State : Nordrhein-Westfalen
District (Kreis) : Märkischer Kreis (1969-1975 Lüdenscheid, before 1969 Altena)
Additions : 1969 Dahle, Evingsen, Lüdenscheid-Land (partly)

Wappen von Altena (Märkischer Kreis)/Arms (crest) of Altena (Märkischer Kreis)
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The arms are based on the old seal of the town, known since the 15th century.

The chequered bar is derived from the arms of the Counts of (Altena-)Mark, who granted the village some privileges in 1367. The town became a city only in the 18th century.
Saint Catherine is the patron saint of the local church, built in 1310.

The arms on a municipal stamp (1892)
Seal of Altena (Märkischer Kreis)

Seal from around 1900
Wappen von Altena (Märkischer Kreis)

The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925

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