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Pottenstein City (Germany)

Stadt Pottenstein, Landkreis Bayreuth, Bayern

Last modified: 2020-08-08 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Pottenstein city banner] 5:2 image by Jörg Majewski, 4 Aug 2020
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It is a red-white vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted to the top.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 4 Aug 2020

Pottenstein Coat of Arms

Shield Argent, kneeling on a stone plinth Or a man with fair hair, dressed Gules, holding a staff Or in bend sinister by his left hand and an inescutcheon Or, charged with a lion rampant Sable, armed and tongued Gules, superimposed by a bendlet Argent, in his right hand.
The arms are based on the oldest city seal from the early 14th century. The kneeling man probably is Palatine Count Botho of Kärnten, who built the local castle in 1084. The inescutcheon displays the arms of the Bishopric of Bamberg, which ruled the city since 1108. Since the 16th century the man was misunderstood. In the role of Bamberg's vassals (1603) he was depicted as a canting messenger (German: Bote), in the 19th century he was depicted as a local dandy. In the 18th century local seals displayed the lion of Bamberg alone. The original pattern was restored in 1836.
Source: Stadler 1968, p.45
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 4 Aug 2020

The arms are in use since the 14th century.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 4 Aug 2020

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