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3:5 image by Jörg Majewski, 14 Jan 2007
The county will merge with Bitterfeld county to the new Anhalt-Bitterfeld
county (Landkreis Anhalt-Bitterfeld) on 1 July 2007.
Jörg Majewski, 14 Jan 2007
Do you by any chance know how a county, practically in the centre of
Germany, acquired a tropical coconut palm in its coa?
Andries Burgers, 14 Jan 2007
The arms were granted on May 30, 1991.
The right part of the arms show a wing, which was used on the crest of the family Von Cöthen, who were probably the founders of the castle in Köthen. The family was mentioned in Köthen in 1156 and became extinct in the 14th century.
The palm tree in the left part of the arms is the symbol of the Palmenorden,
an association founded by Prince Ludwig von Anhalt-Köthen (1579-1650) in
1617. The association, officially the 'Fruchtbringenden Gesellschaft'
was an association of nobles, scientists and poets and had as their main
aim the 'Care of the German language'. It had its seat in Köthen and existed
only until 1680.
Literature : Papendieck, H. : Die Wappen der Landkreise und kreisfreien Städte des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt. Landesarchiv Magdeburg, 1996.
Source: Ralf Hartemink.
Jarig Bakker, 14 Jan 2007