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Coswig/Anhalt City (Germany)

Stadt Coswig/Anhalt, Landkreis Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt

Last modified: 2018-11-17 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Coswig/Anhalt city flag] 3:5 image by Stefan Schwoon, 21 Apr 2001
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Coswig (Anhalt) City

Coswig/Anhalt (not to be confused with Coswig in Saxony near Dresden) has slightly less than 10,000 inhabitants.
Source: Günther 1996a
Stefan Schwoon, 21 Apr 2001

Coswig Flag

It is a blue over red horizontal bicolour with centred arms
Source: Günther 1996a
Stefan Schwoon, 21 Apr 2001

Coswig Hanging Flag

Banner [Coswig/Anhalt city banner] 5:2 image by Stefan Schwoon, 21 April 2001

It is a red-blue vertical bicolour with centred arms. In banner the colours are swapped — probably erroneously.
Stefan Schwoon, 21 Apr 2001

Coswig Coat of Arms

Shield Azure semy of 12 stars Or; in centre a woman statant Argent crowned Or, holding a helmet in her right hand and an inescutcheon in her left hand; the inescutcheon is parted per pale; at dexter Argent a demi-eagle, Gules armed Or and couped per pale; at sinister barry of ten of Sable and Or, charged with an embowed crancelin Vert.
Meaning:
According to "Historie des Fürstentums Anhalt" (Wittenberg, 1710), the woman should be Princess Cordula vof Anhalt, who resided in the city in 1475. The composition, however, already appeared on the oldest city seal from 1325. The inescutcheon disolays the modified arms of Brandenburg (demi-eagle) and Saxony (bars and crancelin), the original arms of the Princes of Anhalt. The helmet is described as a symbol for protection. The stars are probably a mere decoration.
Sources: city website, Ralf Hartemink's webpage and German WIKIPEDIA
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Aug 2018


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