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Civic heraldry of Germany
- (de) Von Silber und Rot geteilt, oben ein gold-bewehrter roter Adler mit einem goldenen, über den Kopf gestülpten Spangenhelm, darauf ein roter Flug, unten ein auf blauen Wellen schwimmender silberner Schwan.
The arms were officially granted on October 28, 1705 and again on July 1, 1997.
The oldest seal of the city is known from a charter from April 28, 1329, but may be older (in 1250 the city became part of Brandenburg). This very large seal shows a city view with a small shield with the eagle of Brandenburg. It has been used at least until 1443.
The second, smaller, seal is known from 1343 and shows the eagle with the helmet. The meaning thereof is not known. There is a local legend in which it is stated that is a punishment for the fact that the city voluntarily placed itself under protection of the Dukes of Pommern in 1425, and were forced later to return to Brandenburg. The seal, however, is a century older as the move to Pommern.
In 1705 the city approached King Friedrich I of Prussia to include the swan in the city arms. The King had been on an elaborate swan hunt in the city in 1704. The King granted the arms on October 28, 1705.
The arms in a manuscript from 1514
The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
The arms in DDR times
Postal cancellation 1982
Postal cancellation 2006
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Literature : Prenzlauer Zeitung 05-11-2009