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Abenberg City (Germany)

Stadt Abenberg, Landkreis Roth, Bayern

Last modified: 2021-09-18 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: abenberg | parted per pale | lion(black) | crozier |
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[Abenberg city banner#1]
5:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Sep 202
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5:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Sep 2021

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It is a yellow-red vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted towards the top. There are different versions, one of them with a Baroque cartouche (see left image above).
Sources: this online catalogue and this photo
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Sep 2021

Abenberg Coat of Arms

Shield parted per pale; at dexter Or a lion rampant Sable, crowned, armed and tongued Gules; at sinister Gules a crozier issuant Argent in pale.
The settlement was established in 1260 and gained city rights in 1299. The arms are based on the 1st city seal from the end of the 14th century and basically remained the same. The crozier is the old symbol of the Bishopric of Eichstätt, which acquired settlement and castle in 1296. The lion had been supposed to be the heraldic animal of the Counts of Abenberg. Due to the uncertain origin of the lion the tinctures and postures of the city arms changed various times during the 19th century. In 1925 the current pattern was fixed. The lion is since then referring to the lion arms of the Burgraves of Nürnberg from the Zollern kin, who inherited the settlement in 1290.
Source: Stadler 1965, p.15
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Sep 2021

The current arms were approved on 6 October 1925 by Minister of Interior of Bayern.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Sep 2021

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