|German||Gespalten von Silber und Blau, aufgelegt ein golden gekrönter schwarzer Mohrenkopf mit goldenem Ohrring und goldener Halskette.|
The arms show a man's head of unknown origin. It has been stated that the head is the head of Christ, a Hun or a Marshal of Pappenheim. The head first appears on seals dating from the 13th century. It is a head of a (white), bearded king. Which is logical as the city grew around an estate from the Kings of Germany from the Staufen dynasty. In the 15th century the head appears beardless and instead of a golden crown a wreath of leaves is used. In the 16th century the chain of pearls was added. Finally, around 1460 the head was made black and has been so ever since. The crown also re-appeared. Finally, the colours changed regularly, but were determined in 1818 as they are now.
The arms in the Wappen-Sammlung (1900)
Literature: Stadler, 1964-1971, 8 volumes.
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