Arms of Schwäbisch Hall, Germany

Schwaebisch Hall

In use since the 13th century

Blazon: Per fess or a torteau charged with a cross paté of the field and gules a hurt fimbriated and charged with a dexter hand erect argent

The arms show both sides of the Heller, a German coin minted in the city beginning in the 13th century. The coin eventually gave its name to other units of currency in the Austro-Hungarian empire and the Czech Republic.

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The torteaux (red [roundels]) called in the Boke of S. A. “tortellys, or litill cakys,” are said to be emblematical of plenty and to represent a cake of bread.

From The Curiosities of Heraldry by M. A. Lower