The arms were granted on December 10, 1991.
These rather modern style arms show as a symbol of the mining in the area the characteristic hills of used ore. The rose is a symbol for the famous rosarium in Sangershausen. The hooks are taken from the arms of Sangershausen city.
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Literature: Papendieck, H. : Die Wappen der Landkreise und kreisfreien Städte des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt. Landesarchiv Magdeburg, 1996.