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Herbstein City (Germany)

Stadt Herbstein, Vogelsbergkreis, Gießen District, Hesse

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Herbstein city banner] 5:2 image by Jörg Majewski, 28 Sep 2006
approved 8 January 1962 See also:

Herbstein City

It is a red-white-red vertical triband with ratio of stripes approx. 1:4:1. The coat of arms is shifted to the top within the central stripe.
inhabitants 5,159
Gießen District , state Hesse
banner approved 8 January 1962
details based on the presentations of Klaus Günther with kind permission
The municipality flags are shown mostly in banner form in Hesse.
Source: Stadler 1967, p.48
Jörg Majewski, 28 Sep 2006

Coat of Arms

Shield Or, in base an inescutcheon Argent charged with two batons Gules in saltire, issuant from inescutcheon St. James the Elder Argent, nimbed and coated Gules, holding a canteen Gules in his right hand and a baton (a pilgrim's staff) in his left hand.
The oldest seal of the city dates from the 14th century and shows only a shield with a cross. This is the coat of arms of the Abbey of Fulda, the former owner. The current arms first appeared on 17th century seals. The batons are unusual attributes of the saint, alluding to the legend that he had been smitten by batons.
The arms were approved in 1952 by Minister of Interior of Hesse.
Source: Stadler 1967, p.48
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 May 2017

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