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Nordhalben Market Town (Germany)

Markt Nordhalben, Landkreis Kronach, Bayern

Last modified: 2021-04-17 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Nordhalben town banner] 5:2 image by Jörg Majewski, 16 Apr 2021
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Nordhalben Market Town

Nordhalben Banner

It is a black-yellow-green vertical tricolour. The coat of arms is shifted to the top.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Apr 2021

Nordhalben Coat of Arms

Shield parted per fess; above parted per pale, at dexter Or a sinister facing lion rampant Sable, armed and tongued Gules, superimposed by a bendlet sinister Argent; at sinister Or, a torso of a dexter facing bearded man, dressed Sable, wearing a jelly bag cap Sable, ending in a 5-point star Gules; beneath Argent four deciduous trees Vert in fess on base of the same.
Nordhalben developed around 1150 as a castle of the Bishopric of Bamberg. It had been a condominion of the bishops and the Reeves of Gera from the 14th until the 16th century. The first arms displayed the lions of Bamberg and Gera together with the trees, representing local forests, especially the Frankenwald. After the reeves had died out, Bishop Veit II of Würtzburg (1561 bis 1577) replaced the lion of Gera by the bearded man from his family arms. Since then the Bishopric of Bamberg was the only ruler. Under the rule of Bishop Philipp of Gebsattel (1599 bis 1609) the bearded man was replaced by a torso of a buck from the Gebsattel arms. A seal from 1636 again displayed the version of 1567. Between 1819 and 1870 the lion of Bamberg was omitted.
Source: Stadler 1968, p.31
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Apr 2021

The arms were approved on 11 January 1518 by Bishop Georg Schenk of Limpurg and Reeve Heinrich of Gera-Schleiz. They were confirmed in 1567 by Bishop Veit II of Würtzburg. The banner was approved on 29 December 1975.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Apr 2021

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