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Notice concerning the Federal coat of arms and the Federal Eagle BWappenBek Ausfertigung date: 20.01.1950 full quotation: "Notice concerning the Federal coat of arms and the Federal Eagle in the adjusted version published in the Federal Law Gazette Part III, outline number 1130-1," footnote heading: BEK. in Saarland, Germany enacted mWv working through no. 1 order v. 23.1.1957 I 1 (+++ text detection from validity: 1 1.1964 +++) - (1) a decision which give Federal Government I hereby announced that the coat of arms on a golden background shows the single faced Black Eagle, head to the right wings open, but with closed feathers, beak, tongue and catches of red color used.
(2) the Federal Eagle without frame shows the same image and the same colors as in the Eagle in the coat of arms are to use, but are outside the tips of the feathers after.
(3) the pattern in the Federal Ministry of the Interior are decisive for the heraldic design of the Federal coat of arms. The artistic decoration is reserved for any particular purpose.
Concluding formula the Federal President, the Federal Chancellor, the Federal Minister of the Interior
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