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State : Nordrhein-Westfalen
District (Kreis) : Minden-Lübbecke (until 1973 Minden)
Additions : 1973 Amt Dützen (partly), Aminghausen, Barkhausen (partly), Bölhorst, Dankersen, Dützen, Haddenhausen, Hahlen, Hartum (partly), Häverstädt, Holzhausen II (partly), Kutenhausen, Leteln, Meißen, Neesen (partly), Päpinghausen, Stemmer, Todtenhausen

Wappen von Minden

Official blazon


Minden became a city in the 12th century and was the seat of a bishop, later a prince-bishop. The prince-bishops of Minden were very influential and built several fortified towns to protect their lands. The arms of the diocese were the two crossed keys of St. Peter, which also became the arms of the city (and cities that were founded by the bishops, like Petershagen, Hausberge and Schlüsselburg).

The oldest seal of the city shows St. Peter sitting on a throne, the seal dates from the early 13th century. The smaller seals of the city only used the crossed keys. The imperial eagle was granted by Emperor Ferdinand II in 1627. First the eagle was placed in a separate shield, but during the years the eagle gradually moved to the shield, resulting in the present arms. The arms were granted in 1853.

Arms of Minden

The arms in a manuscript from 1514
Arms of Minden

The arms on a 1634 coin
Seal of Minden

Seal from around 1900
Seal of Minden

Seal from around 1900
Wappen von Minden

The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
Arms of Minden

The arms in the Abadie albums

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Literature : Stadler, 1964-1971, 8 volumes.