The arms were officially granted in 1908.
Recklinghausen became a city in 1230 and the oldest seal, which dates from the same time, already shows this image. Recklinghausen belonged to the State of Köln and the key is thus the patron saint of the city and State, St. Peter. All later seals use the same image.
Seal from around 1900
The arms in the Wappen-Sammlung (1900)
The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
The arms on a special cancellation 1987
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