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Hof County (Germany)

Landkreis Hof, Bayern

Last modified: 2021-08-21 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Hof county banner] 5:2 image by Stefan Schwoon, 2 Oct 2001
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Hof County

Hof County Banner

It is a white-black vertical bicolour with arms shifted to top, the latest official county flag approval in Bayern so far.
Sources: Linder and Schmidt 2000
Stefan Schwoon, 2 Oct 2001

Hof County Coat of Arms

Shield parted per pale; at dexter Sable a sinister facing lion rampant Or, crowned, armed and tongued Gules; at sinister Or with bordure of alternating pieces of Gules and Argent a lion rampant Sable.
Meaning:
The arms showat dexter the lion of the Lords of Weida and at sinister that one of the Burgraves of Nürnberg The Lords of Weida established a sphere of influence around the city of Hof, after the Counts of Andechs-Meranien had died out in 1248. In 1294 they became reeves and vassals of the Wittelsbach kin and were entitled to use the palatine lion of their liege lords, who had been rulers of Bayern. In the early 14th century they were succeeded by the burgraves, who gained for a great fee of money all the assets and liabilities from Heinrich of Weida in 1373. The whole area became a part of the Margraviate of Bayreuth until 1791.
Source: Stadler 1964, p.46
Santiago Dotor, 14 Jan 2004

The banner was approved on 23 May 1997 by district governor (Regierungspräsident) of Oberfranken. The arms were approved on 19 February 1963 by Minister of Interior of Bayern.
Stefan Schwoon, 2 Oct 2001


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