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Beilngries City (Germany)

Stadt Beilngries, Landkreis Eichstätt, Bayern

Last modified: 2021-10-16 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Beilngries city banner] 5:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 Oct 2021
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Beilngries City

Beilngries Banner

It is a white vertical monocolour. The coat of arms is shifted towards the top.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 Oct 2021

Beilngries Banner until 2007

[Beilngries bicolour until 2007] 5:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 Oct 2021

It was a white-blue vertical bicolour. The coat of arms was shifted towards the top.
Source: Stefan Schwoon's database
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 Oct 2021

Beilngries Coat of Arms

Shield Gules two axes Argent hafted Sable in saltire, superimposing a crozier Or in pale.
Beilngries belonged to the Bishopric of Eichstätt and gained the rights of a market town in 1053. Beilngries was mentioned as a city since the 15th century. The arms are based on a local seal. Its existence is proven since 1378 and prints since 1406. The seal displayed already the current pattern. The axes (German: Beile) are punning, because the name is derived from a man named Bilo. The pattern remained basically the same until 1818 , but the tinctures changed frequently. The current tinctures are based upon an image painted by Otto Hupp (1925), the crozier was however depicted in front. The crozier is a differentiation of the arms of the Bishopric of Eichstätt, to which Beilngries belonged until 1803. In 1819 the arms were simplified, just displaying two axes in pale in counterchnaged tinctures on a shield parted per pale of Azure and Argent, the colours of the Wittelsbach kin.
Sources: Stadler 1965, p.28 and Karl Zecherle: "Gemeindewappen im Kreis Eichstätt", Eichstätt 1985, pp.12-13
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 Oct 2021

The old arms were approved on 18 March 1819 by Minister of State of Bayern. The current arms were adopted by the city council on 29 July 2004 and confirmed on 14 October 2004, confirmed by the general State Archive of Bayern on 20 December 2004 and published on 29 December 2006 by the city. Both banners never have been approved officially.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 Oct 2021

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