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City of Augsburg (Schwaben District, Bavaria, Germany)

Stadt Augsburg

Last modified: 2002-02-16 by santiago dotor
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[City of Augsburg (Bavaria, Germany)] 5:2
by Stefan Schwoon

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Red over green over white, always without the arms (a breach of the heraldic colour rules).

Dieter Linder, 18 November 1998

Red-green-white, shown as a banner [hanging flag] on Staack 1997. The colours are derived from the arms which are parted per pale red and white with a Zirbelnuss (I have no idea how to translate that) in the center.

Stefan Schwoon, 8 March 2001

A Zirbelnuss is a pine-cone.

Jarig Bakker, 8 March 2001

From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website:

The oldest known seal of Augsburg dates from 1237 and shows a city gate under a star. In the gate there is a so-called tree-of-life. From 1260 until the 19th century the seals of the city showed the same composition, but with a bunch of grapes in the gate. The grapes are a canting symbol, Augster is a variety of grapes. In the meantime the arms developed separately. In the 15th century the grapes appear in images on a red and white shield. The shield is taken from the arms of the Bishops of Augsburg. In the late 15th century an antique pine tree cone was found in the city and the grapes were subsequently changed into a so-called Zirbelnuss. (...)

Literature: Stadler 1964-1971.

Santiago Dotor, 1 February 2002

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