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Altenburger Land County (Germany)

Landkreis Altenburger Land, Thüringen

Last modified: 2021-08-07 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Altenburger Land county banner] 5:2 image by Stefan Schwoon, 12 Mar 2001
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Altenburger Land County

Altenburger Land Banner

It is a red-white-green vertical tricolour with arms shifted to top.
Source: Ulle 1999,
Stefan Schwoon, 12 Mar 2001

Altenburger Land Coat of Arms

Shield quartered, 1st quarter Argent a heraldic rose Gules seeded Or and barbed Vert, 2nd quarter Azure a lion rampant parted per fess of Or and Argent, 3rd quarter barry of ten of Sable and Or over all a crancelin Vert, 4th quarter Argent an acorn Gules capsuled Vert.
The rose is representing the name giving Burgraviate of Altenburg. The lion is symbolising the Pleißenland, which developed from the Sorbian Plisni Shire. The 3rd quarter is representing the rule of the Ernestine branch of the Wettin kin. Acorn (the German equivalent of clubs) is the highest suit of Skat, a game of cards for three players, which had been invented in Altenburg.
Sources: Hartmut Ulle: "Neues Thüringer Wappenbuch", 2nd edition, Erfurt 2011, p.9 and Linder and Olzog 1996
Stefan Schwoon, Santiago Dotor and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Mar 2001 / 20 Feb 2002 / 29 Mar 2021

The arms were approved on 28 April 1995, the flag on 3 June 1996.
Stefan Schwoon, 12 Mar 2001

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