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GRÄFENHAINICHEN

State : Sachsen-Anhalt
District (Kreis) : Wittenberg
Additions : 2007 Jüdenberg; 2011 Möhlau, Schköna, Tornau, Zschornewitz

Wappen von Gräfenhainichen/Arms of Gräfenhainichen
Official blazon
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Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on December 17, 1993.

The arms are based on the oldest known seal of the city, dating from 1477. The arms show a tower, symbol for the fortified city, and a small shield with the arms of Meissen. In 1377 the city was acquired by the Counts of Meissen.
The oldest use of the composition as arms dates from around 1700. The addition of the laurel branch most likely is a misinterpretation of the decoration on the oldest seal.

Siegel von Gräfenhainichen

The municipal stamp shown in 1892
Wappen von Gräfenhainichen

The arms in the Wappen-Sammlung (1900)
Wappen von Gräfenhainichen

The arms in the Abadie albums
Wappen von Gräfenhainichen

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

The arms during DDR times and until 1993

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Literature: Bensing et al., 1984; new image obtained from stadtinformation@graefenhainichen.de