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City of Hof (Germany)

Stadt Hof, Oberfranken District, Bavaria

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[City of Hof (Bavaria, Germany)] 3:5
by Stefan Schwoon
Coat-of-arms adopted 10th June 1960

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Yellow-black with the arms. Sources: flag from Staack 1997, arms from Stadler 1964-1971.

Stefan Schwoon, 6 March 2001

From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website:

The arms were granted on June 10, 1960. Hof probably received city rights around 1250. In 1260 it was mentioned as a city. The oldest seal, however, is known from 1335, but dates from the late 13th century. The seal already showed a castle with a (large) shield with a lion. The lion is the arms of the Lords of Weida, ruling over Hof as vassals of the Dukes of Bavaria.

A later seal, known from 1400, shows the same composition. All smaller seals until the late 18th century only showed the arms with the lion, without the castle. These arms were also considered the real arms of the city. On the great-seals of the city, on the other hand, the arms were augmented with many attributes. (...)

The great arms were officially approved in 1819, but in 1840 the arms seem to have changed again. (...) In 1841 the arms of 1819 were again granted by the Bavarian King Ludwig I, being the present arms with savages and angel. The angel and supporters were officially removed in 1960.

Literature: Klemens Stadler, Die Wappen der Oberfränkischen Landkreise, Städte, Märkte und Gemeinden, Freunde der Plassenburg, Kulmbach, 1990.

Santiago Dotor, 15 January 2002

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