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Province : Oost-Vlaanderen
Additions : 1970 Goeferdinge, Nederboelare, Onkerzele, Overboelare 1977 Grimminge, Idegem, Moerbeke, Nieuwenhove, Ophasselt, Schendelbeke, Smeerebbe-Vloerzegem (1825 Smeerebbe, Vloerzegem), Viane, Waarbeke, Zandbergen, Zarlardinge
The arms were officially granted on May 26, 1987.
The oldest seal of Geraardsbergen dates from 1244 and shows a mountain with trees and a cross. The mountain probably is canting (berg-mountain). A seal from the late 13th century also shows a mountain with a cross. The combination of the mountain and cross, flanked by a lion and an eagle appeared on a seal from 1287. The eagle is the Imperial eagle, the lion is the lion of Vlaanderen (Flanders). Later the mountain with the cross gradually changed in to the present monument with the cross. The meaning of the cross is not known.
The two previous arms of Geraardsbergen were granted on August 4, 1818 and April 19, 1907.
The arms from 1818
The arms from 1907
The arms in 1562
The arms in the Koffie Hag/Café Hag albums +/- 1930
The arms on a police badge (source)
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Literature : Servais, 1955