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City of Herne (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

Stadt Herne

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[City of Herne (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)] 3:5 | stripes 2+3+2
by Stefan Schwoon
Coat-of-arms adopted 1st January 1975

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Yellow-black-yellow in proportions 2:3:2, the arms on the black stripe. Sources: flag from Staack 1997, arms from the city website.

Stefan Schwoon, 25 February 2001

From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website:

Herne was an unimportant village until the mining and industry started to develop in the last century. The village received city rights in 1897 (...). The current arms were granted on January 1st, 1975. The arms combine the horse of Wanne-Eickel with the miner's tools from the older arms (...), obvious symbols for (at the time) a mining town. (...)

Literature: Stadler 1964-1971 and the Herne city website.

From the city website:
Das Wappen zeigt in Gold (Gelb) ein schwarzes springendes Pferd, links darüber schwarze, ins Kreuz gestellte Schlägel und Eisen. Das Wappen stellt eine vereinfachte Kombination des am 14.06.1929 verliehenen Wappens der Stadt Wanne-Eickel und des am 30.07.1900 verliehenen Wappens der Stadt Herne dar. Das schwarze springende Pferd (Wanne-Eickel) weist auf die ehemals im Emscherbruch lebenden Wildpferde, das Bergmannszeichen (Schlägel und Eisen, Herne) auf die Bergbautradition. Die Stadtfarben sind "gelb-schwarz-gelb".
My abridged translation:
The arms are yellow with a black forcene horse and, on the top sinister, black mining tools in saltire. The arms show a simplified combination of those granted in 1929 to the city of Wanne-Eickel and in 1900 to Herne. The black horse (Wanne-Eickel) refers to the wild horses which in the past could be found in Emscherbruch, the mining tools (Herne) refer to the mining industry tradition. The city's colours are yellow-black-yellow.

Santiago Dotor, 20 December 2001