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adopted 28 Aug 1963
Granted 16 Jul 1963. Description: quartered: I. azure a fleur-de-lis argent; II. or a three pinnacled castle noir, joined argent, and with two windows; III. or five right bend gules; IV. azure a penny argent, stamped with a double-lined cross pommelly noir, with in the four corners three disks noir, placed in a triangle.
The shield is surmontée with a crown of three leaves and two pearls.
I. The lily is a canting element for the founder of the Zuiderzee-project, dr.ir. C. Lely.
II., III. en IV - the territory of the Noordoostpolder was nearly completely recovered from the sea. In the Middle Ages it was still inhabited, and the counts of Kuinre had a major influence here. The County of Kuinre consisted of the present area of the Noordoostpolder, and the area between Weststellingwerf and Vollenhove.
The counts and lords of Kuinre ruled over Kuinre, Blankenham, Veenhuizen (drowned), Espel (drowned), Emmeloord, and Urk, all in or near the Noordoostpolder, as well as the first two castles of the Kuinre's.
The counts of Kuinre had coins minted on a grand scale. The mint was in Emmeloord (part of the island of Schokland). After the inpoldering remains have been found of the two castles. So rightfully the CoA (III), castle (II), and mint (IV) have been represented in the Noordoostpolder arms.
The CoA was designed by mr. G.A. Bontekoe, mayor of Ooststellingwerf.
Information from the Noordoostpolder municipal site.