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City of Iserlohn (Märkischer Kreis County, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

Stadt Iserlohn

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[City of Iserlohn (Märkischer Kreis County, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)] 3:5
by Stefan Schwoon
Flag adopted 1912

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The city of Iserlohn adopted its symbols in 1912. The coat of arms shows a city wall with two towers, the checkered bar of the [historical] County of Mark, and the local church patron, St. Pancratius. According to Hostert 1979 the flag is a plain triband in the colours white-red-yellow, (also mentioned in Stadler 1972 and Städtebuch 1954). The symbols remained unchanged when the city was enlarged in 1975 even though the state archives did not approve the flag the flag law in North Rhine-Westphalia explicitly forbids communes to use tribands without any arms.

Stefan Schwoon, 22 June 2001

From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website:

The oldest coins of Iserlohn date from the early 13th century and show a city wall with three towers. Later that century the middle tower was replaced by St. Pancratius, the patron saint of the city. In the early 14th century this composition was placed on the seal. In the 16th century the composition was placed in a shield to form the present arms. The chequered bar below the city wall is derived from the arms of the Counts of the Mark, who founded the city. The arms were officially granted in 1913.

Literature: Stadler 1964-1972.

Santiago Dotor, 16 July 2002

Hanging Flag


[City of Iserlohn hanging flag (Märkischer Kreis County, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)]
by Stefan Schwoon
Flag and coat-of-arms adopted 1912

The banner is curiously depicted with the reverse order of colours, yellow-red-white and with the arms in Hostert 1979, without further explanation. I wonder if this is correct.

Stefan Schwoon, 22 June 2001