Country : Germany
State : Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
District (Kreis) : Free Urban District (Kreisfreie Stadt)
|Ein geteilter Schild; oben in Blau ein schreitender goldener Greif mit aufgeworfenem Schweif und ausgeschlagener roter Zunge; unten von Silber über Rot geteilt.
|Party per fess Azure a griffin passant Or langed Gules, the base also per fess Argent and Gules.
The arms combine the griffin of the Princes of Rostock with the arms of the Hanseatic League of cities. The griffin first appears on the second known seal of the city, which is known since 1367. The first seal showed a bull's head with a sun and a crescent. The third seal also shows only the griffin(below). The bull's head is the arms of Mecklenburg and the princes of Rostock were a branch of the Dukes of Mecklenburg.
The arms in the Armorial Jörg Rügen (1495)
(the arms are from the Lordship Stargard though)
The arms in a 16th century manuscript
The arms in an album from around 1910
The arms in an album from around 1905
The arms in the Emmerlinge Series
The arms in the Abdulla album, 1928
The arms in the Abadie albums
The arms in an album from around 1950
The arms on a manhole cover (source])
Literature: Das Wappen der Hansestadt Rostock, leaflet published by the city of Rostock, 1993; Bensing et al, 1984.
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