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Schwäbisch Gmünd City (Germany)

Stadt Schwäbisch Gmünd, Ostalbkreis, Baden-Württemberg

Last modified: 2018-12-07 by klaus-michael schneider
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Schwäbisch Gmünd City

Schwäbisch Gmünd Banner

It is a white-red vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted to the top.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Nov 2018

Schwäbisch Gmünd Coat of Arms

Shield Gules, a unicorn forcene Argent.
Schwäbisch Gmünd is the first city, founded by the Staufen kin around 1160, and it is located in the centre of the Staufen heartland. In 1260 the city gained the privilege of Direct Imperial Rule, which was lost in 1803, when the city was incorporated into Württemberg. Since the existence of the oldest seal since probably 1250 with prints since 1277, the unicorn always had been the symbol of the city. Its meaning is unknown. It probably had to do something with the Staufen kin. Coloured arms existed since the 15th century, when the unicorn had been golden. Since 1605 (Siebmacher) it had been depicted as silver.
Source: Stadler 1971, p.94
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Nov 2018

Banner and arms were approved on by Minister of Interior of Baden-Württemberg, published in GABl .
Source: Stefan Schwoon's database
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Nov 2018

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