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Freihung Market Town (Germany)

Markt Freihung, Landkreis Amberg-Sulzbach, Bayern

Last modified: 2022-04-22 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Freihung town banner] 5:2< image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 Apr 2022
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Freihung Market Town

Freihung Banner

It is a black-yellow-blue vertical tricolour. The coat of arms is shifted towards the top.
Source: this photo
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 Apr 2022

Freihung Coat of Arms

Shield parted per fess, above Sable hammer and mallet Argent hafted Or in saltire, beneath lozengy of Argent and Azure, shield crested by a lion issuant Or, crowned, armed and tongued Gules.
Hammer and mallet are alluding to mining of silver and lead in the past, which were replaced by kaolin and feldspar in the 20th century. The lower half is a special privilege, displaying the 21 lozenges from the shield of the sovereigns, the Electors of Bayern. The Palatine lion appeared in various postures on older versions of the arms. First the lion had been a sinister facing supporter on top of the shield. He was replaced by a lion reguardant beside the shield in the 19th century, later he turned to a crest. The colours of the banner are a repetition of the tinctures of the shield.
Sources: Stadler 1965, p.53 and "Oberpfälzer Wappenbuch. Öffentliche Wappen der Oberpfalz", Regensburg 1991, pp.30-31
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 Apr 2022

The arms were granted in 1569 to “the municipality and the society of miners in the Freiung” by Elector Friedrich III of Bayern.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 Apr 2022

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