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State : Brandenburg
Urban District (Kreisfreie Stadt) : Cottbus
Additions : 1872 Ostrow; 1904 Sandow; 1950: Madlow, Sachsendorf, Saspow, Schmellwitz , Ströbitz; 1974 Branitzer Park; 1994 Branitz, Dissenchen, Döbbrick, Kahren, Maiberg, Merzdorf, Schlichow, Sielow, Skadow, Willmersdorf; 2003 Gallinchen, Groß Gaglow, Kiekebusch

Wappen von Cottbus

Official blazon

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The arms were officially granted in 2000.

The arms of Cottbus show a city wall with a small shield with a crawfish. The latter is the arms of the medieval Lords of Cottbus, who ruled the city from 1199-1445. The combination already appeared on the oldest seal of the city, dating from the early 14th century.

The historical colours are the colours of Brandenburg (silver and red), but during DDR times different colour schemes have been used:

Wappen von Cottbus
Wappen von Cottbus

At present the historical silver shield is again used.

Seal of Cottbus

Seal from around 1900
Seal of Cottbus

Seal from around 1900
Wappen von Cottbus

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

The arms in the Continentale Verlags-Anstalt album, +/- 1910
Wappen von Cottbus

The arms in the Abdulla album, 1928
Arms (crest) of Cottbus

The arms in the Abadie albums
Wappen von Cottbus

Postal cancellation 1983
Wappen von Cottbus

Postal cancellation 1986

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Literature : Bensing et al, 1984, and local newspaper clipping, 1997.