Grafschaft Bentheim

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State : Niedersachsen

Wappen von Grafschaft Bentheim/Arms (crest) of Grafschaft Bentheim
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The arms were granted on May 20, 1955.

The arms are identical to the original arms of the Counts of Bentheim. These counts were very influential and ruled their territory from a mighty castle since the 12th century. In 1606 the county was split in two lines, Bentheim and Steinfurt. The present Counts of Bentheim still use the same arms.

The origin of the arms is unknown. The arms are also used in the arms of the towns of Bentheim, Neuenhaus, Nordhorn and the Dutch towns of De Wijk and Geldermalsen.

Wappen von Grafschaft Bentheim

Municipal stationery, 1960s

Literature: Stadler, 1964-1971, 8 volumes.

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