Arms of Arguisuelas, Spain

Arguisuelas

Granted 1992

Blazon: Argent issuant from a base three stone pine trees vert, in chief a molet of eight points gules

Evidently, the first coat of arms proposed for the province in 1990 had precisely the same charges, but the field was azure. The heraldic authority of Spain, the Real Academia de la Historia, rejected this design due to the violation of the law of tincture, but approved it when the field was changed (as here) to argent. The stone pines are a reference to a common plant in the local mountains (and kind of a theme in this region).

Arms of Arcos de la Sierra, Spain

Arcos de la Sierra

Granted 2005

Blazon: Or on a mount in base vert a two-tiered tower gules

This one is kind of frustrating, because it looks like the town has a fairly robust historical archive, and there are some fairly good photos of the town and its architecture, and this is exactly the kind of weirdly specific architectural charge that I would expect to be patterned after a real-life structure, and… I can’t find anything that would credibly give rise to a charge like what we see in the arms. It could be an attempt to create a canting charge out of arches or “arcos”? “Sierra” is Spanish for “mountain range,” so it’s possible the mount is also canting, but that’s about all I’ve got.

Arms of Arcas, Spain

Arcas

In use since at least 2013

Blazon: Azure a representation of Iglesia de la Natividad de Nuestra Señora argent, in the tower three bells sable, in chief a molet of eight points or

There’s really not a lot of information on these arms, but fortunately, there are enough photos of the town’s distinctive church to make it very clear that the charge is exactly the same. The original structure was built in the 13th century, with a side chapel added in 1623. It is notable for its Romanesque style, which is rare in the region.

Arms of Almonacid del Marquesado, Spain

Almonacid del Marquesado

Granted 1997

Blazon: Per pale argent a cross of Santiago gules and vert three sheaves of wheat conjoined in pile or; pointé in base of the second two bells in fess of the first

I can’t find any proof that the town ever belonged to the Order of Santiago, but the dexter half of the shield makes me suspect it did. I presume the wheat is an agricultural reference, but that’s not the interesting part. The interesting part are the tiny little cowbells. I have to assume that they’re a reference to the colorful local festival of La Endiablada, where “devils” dance through the streets with wild costumes and cowbells. According to legend, there was a dispute between Almonacid and another town over a buried image of St. Blaise that was found between the two towns. The rights were apparently going to be determined through a tug-of-war between two teams of animals. The other town brought several strong oxen, but Almonacid only had a couple scrawny mules. However, the oxen refused to pull for the other town and instead came over to Almonacid’s side. In memory of this reputed miracle, the celebrants of La Endiablada carry cowbells.

Arms of Almodóvar del Pinar, Spain

Almodovar del Pinar

Granted 2012

Blazon: Vert a stone pine eradicated proper

Not sure that there’s really much to say about this one – the name roughly translates to “circle of pines,” and, well, it’s got a pine. I will say that I’m not a huge fan of putting trees proper on green; it’s technically allowed under the law of tincture by exploiting the “proper” loophole, but the lack of contrast just makes it look like a trunk from a distance.

Arms of Almendros, Spain

Almendros

Granted 1988

Blazon: Per pale or a Calvary cross sable, in chief a Marian monogram azure and argent two almond trees eradicated in pale vert

The sinister half is almost certainly intending to be canting; the name of the town means “almond trees” in Spanish. The cross may be a reference to the local church (Invención de la Santa Cruz), although that’s speculation.

Arms of La Almarcha, Spain

La Almarcha

Granted 2009

Blazon: Per fess argent the pool of Airón proper and per pale vert and gules a sheep statant of the first.

The chief half of the arms depicts the “well,” pool, or lagoon of Airón, which has some very weird legends attached to it, including worship of an indigenous god of the underworld, human sacrifices, and one noble who tried to drown two dozen concubines in the lagoon. (One of the prospective victims tricked him in return, and he ended up drowning instead.) These particular arms were granted in 2009; it looks like the town bore a different coat in 1991, including the lagoon, but with a sunflower and the cross in the base half.