Country : Belgium
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The arms were officially granted on August 4, 1818 again on April 19, 1907 and on May 26, 1987.
The oldest seal of Geraardsbergen dates from 1244 and shows a mountain with trees and a cross. The mountain probably is canting (berg-mountain). A seal from the late 13th century also shows a mountain with a cross. The combination of the mountain and cross, flanked by a lion and an eagle appeared on a seal from 1287. The eagle is the Imperial eagle, the lion is the lion of Vlaanderen (Flanders). Later the mountain with the cross gradually changed in to the present monument with the cross. The meaning of the cross is not known.
The arms on a police badge (source)
Literature: Servais, 1955
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