The arms are already shown on the oldest known seal of the city, dating from the early 14th century. The arms have not changed since.
The meaning of the arms is not quite clear. The arms show a large pearl (a canting element, Perle=pearl), with a star pointing to 8 other pearls. This may symbolise that Perleberg was the main city in the area, with the 8 other pearls the other 8 cities in the area.
Seal from around 1900
The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
The arms in the Abadie albums
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