Frankfurt (Oder)

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State : Brandenburg
Urban district (Stadtkreis) : Frankfurt an der Oder

Wappen von Frankfurt (Oder)

Official blazon

In Silber auf grünem Berg aufgerichtet stehend ein goldbewehrter roter Hahn im Kleeblattbogen eines von zwei sechseckigen Türmen beseiteten offenen, roten Torbaus; darüber schwebt ein silberner Schild mit rotem Adler; auf den goldbeknauften Dächern der Seitentürme steht je ein abgewendeter, widersehender goldener Vogel; der breitgedachte Mittelturm ist an den Ecken mit je einem goldenen Kreuz versehen.


The arms were officially granted on September 3, 1992.

The arms show a city gate with the eagle of Brandenburg, as Frankfurt received city rights by the Counts of Brandenburg in 1253. The meaning or origin of the rooster is not clear, it may be simply a symbol of watchfulness. It may also be a canting symbol. Frankfurt means Ford of the Francs, a German tribe, which were often named Gallus/Gallii in Latin. Gallus is also Latin for a rooster.

The whole composition already appears on the oldest known seal of the city, dating from 1294. Most other seals showed the same composition, but some smaller seals only showed the rooster.

Seal of Frankfurt (Oder)

Seal from around 1900
Wappen von Frankfurt (Oder)

The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
Notgeld von Frankfurt (Oder)

Emergency money from the 1920s

Literature : Lexikon Städte und Wappen der DDRBrandenburgstate.jpg

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