Erkelenz

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ERKELENZ

State : Nordrhein-Westfalen
District (Kreis) : Heinsberg (until 1972 Erkelenz)
Additions : 1972 Borschemich, Gerderath, Golkrath, Granterath, Holzweiler, Immerath, Keyenberg, Kückhoven, Lövenich, Schwanenberg, Venrath

Wappen von Erkelenz

Official blazon

(de) Unter einem silbernen Schildhaupt, darin ein roter Wechselzinnen balken, in Blau einen silbernen Schwan, der auf einem silbernen Dreiberg steht.

Origin/meaning

Erkelenz received city rights in 1326 from Count Reinald III of Geldern, to be a fortified town against Jülich. The oldest seal, known from 1331 already shows the symbols of Geldern, lion and flower. All later seals and images show the same composition.

Wappen von Erkelenz

The seals of 1331 and 1398
Wappen von Erkelenz

The seals of 551 and 1628

The arms thus have never changed since. The arms were formally granted after the merger of 1971, on October 27, 1972.

Seal of Erkelenz

Seal from around 1900
Wappen von Erkelenz

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


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Literature : Stadler, 1964-1971, 8 volumes; Frankewitz and Venner, no year.