State : Nordrhein-Westfalen
District (Kreis) : Heinsberg (until 1972 Erkelenz)
Additions : 1972 Borschemich, Gerderath, Golkrath, Granterath, Holzweiler, Immerath, Keyenberg, Kückhoven, Lövenich, Schwanenberg, Venrath
Unter einem silbernen Schildhaupt, darin ein roter Wechselzinnen balken, in Blau einen silbernen Schwan, der auf einem silbernen Dreiberg steht.
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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.
The seals of 1331 and 1398
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 from around 1900
The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
The arms on a special cancellation 1987
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Literature: Stadler, 1964-1971, 8 volumes; Frankewitz and Venner, no year.