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Berchtesgaden County until 1972 (Oberbayern District, Bavaria, Germany)

Landkreis Berchtesgaden

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[Berchtesgaden County until 1972 (Oberbayern District, Bavaria, Germany)] 5:2
by Stefan Schwoon
Coat-of-arms adopted 16th May 1962, flag adopted ca. 1964, abolished 30th June 1972

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White, blue. Adopted ca. 1964. Incorporated 1972 into Berchtesgadener Land. The use of this flag was probably unofficial since white-blue is reserved for the Bavarian flag and may not be used by counties or municipalities. Sources: Linder and Schmidt 2000, arms image from Stadler 1964-1972.

Stefan Schwoon, 9 July 2001

From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website:

The arms were granted on May 16, 1962. The two keys are the symbol of St. Peter, the patron saint of the former Principality and Abbey of Berchtesgaden. The principality was directly sudject to the Emperor, which is symbolised by the Imperial Orb. The lower part shows a salt bucket, as salt mining historically was the main source of income.

Literature: Stadler 1964-1972.

Santiago Dotor, 12 June 2003