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Wappen der Welt
Civic heraldry of Germany
GRAFSCHAFT BENTHEIM (NOH)
State : Niedersachsen
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.
Literature : Stadler, 1964-1971, 8 volumes.