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Stein am Rhein commune (Schaffhausen canton, Switzerland)

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Stein am Rhein

[Flag of Stein am Rhein] image by Pascal Gross

The flag was changed to its mirror image in 2003 so that the figures face the hoist.

– City home page with current coat of arms:
– German Wikipedia article about the change of the coat of arms:

Trivia: Our city's custom manhole covers with the local coat of arms were manufactured before 2003 and are therefore probably the only "illegal" manhole covers in the world ;-)

Marcel Waldvogel, 28 February 2022

Flag until 2003

[Flag of Stein am Rhein] image by Pascal Gross

Gules St. George killing the dragon proper.
Gules St. George armoured Azure mulleted, haired and haloed Or riding a Horse Argent to sinister holding in sinister an escutcheon Argent cross Gules and in dexter a lance Or killing a Dragon Vert.
Željko Heimer, 17 January 2001

[Window pane made by Hans Wilhelm Wolf, Zurich (probably 1679), 58x50 cm. Location: town hall, Stein am Rhein (source).
The two shields between the city and the imperial arms are so-called Stadtfarben ("city colours"), bearing the colours blue and red from the coat of arms. Those city colours come from the Venli, the city's troop flag for partial drafts (since 15th century). These flags were used frequently, so they were well known to the people and thus became the "simple" or "everyday" coat of arms of the city (Later, in the 17th century, the city militia used flags in blue and red with a continuous white cross). With the end of the Ancien Régime (1798), the use of such flags ended. So we have an official, ceremonial city coat of arms, the riding Holy Dragon Slayer, going back to the seal; a popular, everyday city coat of arms, split between blue and red, going back to the Venli; and the imperial arms. – Information: Emil Dreyer]