The arms show the griffin of Pommerania holding a fish. The oldest seal of the city dates from 1530 and shows only the griffin, and facing left. The second and third seal (from the middle of the 16th century and 1601 respectively) show the same griffin, but now with a fish between the front and back paws. In later seal from 1653 the griffin faces right and holds the fish in its claws. The arms thus haven't changed since, except for the addition of a crown the last century and the colours.
The meaning of the fish is not known. It is often seen in arms with the griffin of Pommerania that small charges were added to distinguish the different arms, but why was chosen for a fish is not known.
The arms in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1915
The arms on emergency money, 2921
The arms as shown in 1963
The arms as shown around 1970
The arms as shown in 1994
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